Everybody remembers Jackie Emo, the former Secretary to the Superintendent, and when she retired last May there were some pretty big shoes to fill. Cathy Jobe (pronounced like the book of Job in the Bible) took Emo’s position in July and is excited to serve the school community.
Jobe is married to Brian Jobe and has six children who are 28, 26, 25, 17, and 12-year-old twins, and enjoys living on five acres in Pleasant Hill. She is originally from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio and her former husband’s military position brought them to the KC area. Jobe was a stay-at-home mom for years and also worked from home for SERC as an administrative assistant, as a crossing guard, and sub in the lunchroom, so she is no stranger to working in a school. Her children were beginning to get older, and a friend of hers told her about a job at the Pleasant Hill Elementary School, so she applied.
Jobe enjoyed three years as the secretary at the elementary school in Pleasant Hill. She loved the hustle and bustle of the elementary school and the teachers. “I think there are some great people over at that school,” said Jobe. Her job now will be taking care of the entire district and answering residency questions. “A lot of people call because they don’t know who to contact or if they need to schedule a meeting with Dr. Meyers or Brenneman or there might be a parent that is just upset and that has to be assessed. Sometimes they just want to be heard.” Jobe explained.
When the Jobe family moved to Pleasant Hill, her husband did much research and found Pleasant Hill to be a good place to live. She likes the small-town feel and the opportunities for her children. She expressed that it was difficult to be where everyone knows everyone, and she wasn’t used to this, but really enjoys Pleasant Hill.
We asked her if she was planning on doing the inclement weather recording for the school that Jackie used to do. Jobe said, “I don’t know, that has been the joke. That’s what I tell Jim, we need to do something fun”.
The new secretary is looking forward to being a friendly face to the new people coming in. “Being a new parent in a district, it’s overwhelming, you don’t know what to do and you feel at a loss, so I want to make sure I make people feel comfortable and welcome.” said Jobe.