Brea Olinda High grad finishes stint working in the White House – Orange County Register
“Only in this great country of ours can a 13-year-old immigrant who arrived knowing just three words in English (yes, no and monkey) grow up one day to work for the President of the United States.”
So said Araz Pourmorad, 2003 Brea Olinda High graduate.
“It was a great honor and the privilege of my life to serve the Obama administration in the White House, but now my nine-year journey has come to an end,” Araz wrote as the administration wound down this past winter.
Araz first served at the White House as deputy director of operations and continuity, and later was promoted to State Protocol. During his years in that post, he managed the visits of heads of states and governments to the United States.
Travel was also part of his “amazing experience,” as his work took him all over the world.
Assistant Superintendent Anne Flesher and Heidi Burns, left, director of educational services, are retiring from the Brea Olinda Unified School District. (Courtesy of Shannon Ames)
Former President Barack Obama had departure photos taken in the Oval Office with 2003 BOHS grad Araz Pourmorad, former deputy director of operations and continuity. (Courtesy of the White House)
Lauren Alford is the newly crowned Brea Olinda High prom queen. This years prom was held at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. (Courtesy of Alexis Leon)
Alex Yip is the newly crowned Brea Olinda High prom king. (Courtesy of Pam Valenti)
A reception was held at the Brea Community Center honoring BOUSD employees. Teachers of the Year are, in back, Matt Swindle, Catherine Albee, Patricia Hicks, Janice Cokely, Kim Britton, Glenda Bartell and Kara Dietz, and in front, Mary Koga, Shannon Kennedy, Kim Thorsen and Jill Matyuch. (Courtesy of Nicole Picardo)
BOUSD Classified Employees of the Year are Jean Corty, Veronica Garza, Augie Ordona, Marisa Arroyo, Sharon Williford, Sherry Villaflor, Kari Windes, Karen McLeran, Janet Fears, Jessica Carabajal, Tristan Winn and Luis Flores (Courtesy of Nicole…