Sonya Menyon isn’t afraid of red tape or paperwork. In fact,
she actually enjoys it, which is part of why she’s so successful as a
consultant with San Diego County Office of Education's Business Advisory Services team.
The team helps school districts throughout the county with a
wide range of business-related topics, including budget development, negotiated
agreements, legal requirements, and elections.
“We make sure that all of the i’s are dotted and the t’s are
crossed,” she said. “We make sure nothing falls through the cracks.”
Recently, they have helped with some big changes such as the
school district unification in Bonsall and supporting school districts as they
put together their Local Control and Accountability Plans, better known as
The supports that the team offers school districts help
ensure that the financial and business side of the house is functioning
properly so teachers can do their jobs and students can learn as much as possible,
“Our industry is the education of children,” she said.
“There’s a business end to this industry, and if the business side is not
functioning properly, then it is felt on the educational side.”
Menyon and the rest of the team do an amazing job of
supporting San Diego County’s school districts, said Brent Watson, executive
director of business advisory services.
“Don’t mess with Sonya!” he said. “She takes great pride in
being that source that provides assistance to school districts, but she also
has an eagle eye when it comes to her oversight role.”
A San Diego native and SDSU alum, Menyon started at SDCOE 25
years ago as a credentials technician. Before that, she worked for Health and
Human Services and the National Security Agency, and served for six years in
the U.S. Air Force.
Menyon understands the client perspective well and is able
to build relationships in part because of her time working for the Lakeside and
Chula Vista Elementary school districts.
“Sonya is one of our Business Services superstars!”
Assistant Superintendent Lora Duzyk said. “Having worked in two districts, she
knows and understands the kind of service and support our districts need from
After working seven years in those districts, she returned
to SDCOE in 2000 as a financial accounting manager. In 2003, she moved into her
current role as a consultant.
Menyon is proud to help educate future generations.
“I really believe in helping to raise the next generation to
be able to compete in a global society,” she said. “You raise the level of a
society when you raise the level of education for those within the society.”