Liz Musal by Laila Rall, World Language Teacher
Liz was born and raised in Gilroy, surrounded by educators. Her parents and aunt were teachers, her grandfather a principal, and they all loved their lifelong work. After a banking internship in college, Liz went into banking, working as an operations officer and bank auditor.
Three children gave Liz the opportunity to volunteer in many of their classes, where she came to truly understand the fulfillment her family experienced in education. So when she returned to work, Liz spent several years working in special education in many locals schools. Two of her three grown children graduated from PCS and as a parent she was drawn to PCS because of the high level of academics and sense of community. In 2011 she joined PCS as the Study Hall Monitor.
Liz feels fortunate to work with such amazing and talented students, a gifted and creative staff, and the involved PCS parent community. She enjoys maintaining a quiet work environment for students to study and helping them get the materials they need to be successful in their classes. You will also see her coordinating our graduation programs, a favorite time of the year for her, when she sees the students’ hard work pay off and know that they are prepared to be successful in the future.
Another aspect of her job is coordinating the PCS Community Service Program, which is a perfect fit for Liz. Service has always been an important part of her personal life and she believes that community service is the key to the strength of any community. One of her most exciting years was the one spent volunteering for President Obama during his first campaign. She’s also worked on missions to Mexico, coordinated meals with the Satellite Homeless Program and for the past nine years has been on the planning committee for Taste of Soquel, a fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank. Her hope is that our students’ community service requirement will lead to a lifelong service to others.
Liz has a passion for historical houses and antiques, possibly fueled by her childhood home that was built in 1869 - the year Tolstoy’s War and Peace was written and the year the transcontinental railroad was joined - and and that she feels fortunate to still own. Outside of school, Liz enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors. Soquel has been her home for the past 32 years and she loves gardening at her home in the foothills, hiking and biking in our beautiful Monterey Bay Area, and going on weekend trips with her husband of 38 years. Over the years, they’ve discovered lots of out-of-the-way weekend getaways and she is looking forward to writing a book about California’s hidden vacation treasures in the near future.