Jimena Motta serves as the Administrative Assistant to Carrie Robley, the Assistant Head of School for Student Life. Jimena received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Universidad Nuevo Mundo (UNUM) and then worked as a writer for several magazines. Her adventurous spirit took her around Europe; she lived in Spain, Cancun, and Cabo briefly, before moving permanently to Northern California in 2007. In 2011, she received a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. Her interest in education took her to The Marin School, where she taught Spanish and became part of the Advancement team and eventually, San Domenico. Outside of work, Jimena enjoys practicing yoga, going to museums, and taking photographs. However, her real passion is to spend time with her family.
Why did you choose to work at SD?
When I moved to the Bay Area in 2007, I ended up driving down Butterfield Road by mistake. I was enjoying my ride so much that I drove all the way to the end, and that is how I discovered San Domenico. The school made a huge impression on me. Years later, the opportunity to work here fell on my lap, and I was thrilled!
What is your favorite annual event at SD?
The Garden Fair in October.
What activities do you participate in at SD?
I am involved in the planning of all celebratory events around campus. I love to do this because it gives me the opportunity to connect with students from all ages, and to help them along their personal projects.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I love scuba diving and painting.
What makes a “good day” at school?
We have a beautiful landscape, and I love how it changes. So, whether it is a foggy morning or a sunny afternoon, I like to take a moment to appreciate it.
What is a favorite place in the world?
The south of Mexico.
When do you feel joyful?
When I am around my two girls, and when I hear my best friends’ voice.
What is your ideal weekend?
A weekend filled with laughter, where I am doing something fun outdoors with my family.
What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies?
I would take many books that I haven’t read yet, including one that will show me how to play guitar. Also, I would have to take my art books and a photo album to see my girls’ faces everyday. These are some of the movies I would take: “Amélie”, “Goodfellas”, “P. Tinto”, “You’ve Got Mail”, and “Coco”.
What personal accomplishments have filled you with pride?
I grew up thinking that I couldn’t run, but when I moved to California I was committed to learn how to do it. I still cannot believe that I ran two half marathons.
Anything else you would like people to know about you?
I love the redwoods!