Rosie Guana Retires After 50 Years


50 Years of Serving High School Studens: Rosie Guana Retires

Rosie Guana, a member of Righetti High’s staff, recently retired after 50 years with the district. “The time went by so quickly,’’ said Rosie who graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1968. “It didn’t seem like 50 years. I consider myself blessed and proud to have worked with so many fine and wonderful students and dedicated staff I encountered throughout the years.” 

Rosie began work with the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District when she was 21 years old. For most of her time at RHS, she was an Instructional Assistant in the classroom but also held positions as a community liaison and most recently as an attendance technician.  

“I felt like every class was having a different job,’’ said Rosie, adding she also worked at Delta High School for one year. “I loved working with the kids. I learned as much from them as they did from me. I guess you could say my heart will always be in the classroom, seeing the students learn and grow.’’ 

The staff described Rosie as an “inspiration” and an example of a “true warrior”. 

“The way Rosie shares her stories of Righetti shows how much she genuinely cares about the students and staff,’’ said Warrior Student Body Bookkeeper Rikki Rodriguez. “Fifty years of dedication to our district does not go unnoticed. She has made history!”

“She loved helping the students and interacting with parents and teachers,’’ said Warrior Attendance Technician Felicitas Gutierrez. “She taught me that her work ethic is to GO GO GO and DO DO DO. She would uplift your spirits and talk about a better way to tackle life and not give up; she would always say, “look forward and don’t go back”.  

Rosie’s favorite hobby is cake decorating. She belongs to several organizations including the Vietnam Veterans of America, American Veterans United, American Legion, and Midcoast Veterans Alliance. She’s been married to her husband Jessie for 47 years, has two sons, and six grandchildren.