Annie Arounsack, Director of Fiscal Services for Patterson Unified School District. Below, Annie shares some of her thoughts and feelings on her work, our industry and her musical preferences. Enjoy!
Why did you decide to get into a school business profession?
My parents spent their lives working for public education to promote the success of every student. They taught me the value of education and how we can contribute to our community. Accordingly, I did not hesitate to be part of a school business profession when I was given an opportunity. I am proud to serve our schools and to make a difference.
How has being a part of a professional development association like CASBO helped you advance your career?
Being a part of CASBO and attending workshops and conferences, not only contributes to development of my job skills and advancing my career, it also provides opportunities for networking with peers, mentors and experts in the field. In addition, through CASBO, I was given the opportunity to serve as a member of the Accounting Professional Council which helped me improve my leadership skills.
If you had a time machine and could travel to the future, what would be the biggest difference between how schools are run now and five years from now? Fifteen years from now?
We have to teach our children skills for the world that they will live in. Accordingly, technology would be one of the biggest differences between how schools are run now, five years from now, and especially 15 years from now. I would expect to see full technology integration such as interactive electronic textbooks and smart boards. Teachers would serve as facilitators and guide students to explore through lessons.
Diversity of population would be another big difference. I would expect diversity of curriculum and delivery methods to support every student with diverse backgrounds.
If you could have dinner with one person, past or present, who would it be and why?
If I could, I would like to have dinner with our next president. I would love to hear his or her view of an effective education system, and I also would like to share mine.
If you were able to only wear clothes and hairstyles from the 1980s OR only listen to music from the 1980s, which would it be and why?
I would listen to the music! I was not really a “girly girl” growing up; therefore, I am not really into fashion and hairstyles. Music, however, is fascinating. I love singing and listening to a variety of music types, especially from the 80s.
Annie was born and raised in a middle-class family in Thailand, and her parents are both educators. She relocated to California’s Central Valley in 1998 to pursue her graduate degree and is the first person in her family to receive a doctorate.
Annie began her career at the Stanislaus County Office of Education in 1999, holding titles of account technician, accountant, project analyst, accounting supervisor and fiscal director, before assuming her current responsibilities at Patterson USD.
A CASBO member at the Distinguished Access level, Annie is in CASBO’s Central Section and has served as her section’s representative on the Accounting Professional Council. When she isn’t overseeing the business office and payroll department for Patterson USD, Annie says she enjoys being part of “a happy family of seven, including my better half, three beautiful young children, and two kittens.”