By Dave Schwab
La Jolla Town Council has a new part-time office manager: Valerie Strocco.
Strocco, 30, is a woman’s soccer coach and substitute teacher at La Jolla Country Day School who is returning to University of San Diego to get a master’s degree to fulfill her wish to become a teacher.
“Membership billings is her first priority,” noted La Jolla Towncouncilman Rob Hildt. “Once she has the ball rolling there she will be working diligently on new membership, setting up relationships with other La Jolla organizations, like the Riford Center, to do joint fundraising activities and membership development.”
Hildt noted Strocco will be working 20 hours a week, typically 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rick Wildman, town council president, said Strocco will be paid from membership dues and donations.
Strocco was born and raised in San Diego and has lived in the WindanSea area for more than four years. She got a bachelor’s degree in 2003 from USD and is returning there to get her master’s degree in education.
“What inspired me to do that is I started working at La Jolla Country Day School as a middle school girls soccer coach and I absolutely loved it,” she said, adding she’s now an assistant coach with the Upper School’s varsity girls soccer squad. “I got more involved as a substitute teacher there and I thought, ‘I’m going to go back to school to get my master’s in education and hopefully one day be a fabulous teacher.' ”
Besides soccer coaching and substitute teaching, Strocco also works at La Jolla Learning Works, a tutoring center with a suite in the Crosby Center at 7730-7742 Herschel Ave. where the Town Council office is located.
As of now, the Town Council has three openings on its 24-member La Jolla Town Council due to the recent resignations of Realtor J.R. Sullivan, John Frangos and Melissa Stephens, who moved out of the area, Wildman said.
Hildt, who chairs the town council’s elections committee, said the group has received five nominations for the three open trustee seats and hopes to fill them at its next meeting Feb. 10. He said the group also will hold its annual membership election in April for an undetermined number of open seats.