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Adamovich loves working at the school, taking photos in spare time

Familiar Faces
By: Menka Belgal, Telegraph Correspondent
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EL DORADO HILLS CA - Ron Adamovich is a groundskeeper at Silva Valley Elementary School where you can either find him on a mowing tractor, dressed up in a red suit with a white beard or filling in as the crossing guard in the afternoon. How long have you been working at Silva Valley? I have been in the school district for 10 years and at Silva Valley for eight. This is a friendly atmosphere to work in and this is a fairly small district so I have had the opportunity to get to know quite a few teachers as well as parents in the community. What do you like most about your job? What I like most about my job is that it varies and every day is different, from helping teachers with their computers, being on the roof checking the air conditioner, or fixing the irrigation. I have also played Santa Claus. Towards the end of the year there is a traditional kickball game between the school staff and the 5th graders. It gets very competitive and two years ago I accidentally broke our principal’s finger by throwing her the ball … and she didn’t even fire me – maybe because we won. What were you doing earlier? Before working at the school I was in the grocery business for 18 years. I started working at Albertson’s when I was 18 years old. It was a good job at a young age, and I learned a lot about business. I had to work late night shifts for quite awhile. It makes me appreciate this job I have now at the school since I am able to be home every evening with my family. One of the things I liked best about that job at the store was meeting people in the community and still to this day sometimes an old customer will recognize me out in public and stop to say hello. What are some of the most interesting things that have happened to you? One of the most interesting things that have happened to me is that many years ago while in the grocery business, I was robbed at gunpoint and had to go pick the criminal out in a lineup, just as you see in the movies. I then had to go to court in the preliminary hearing before the judge and sit in the witness stand in front of lawyers and the criminal. I had to answer questions of what happened. Fortunately there were other witnesses and the person confessed, so it did not go to trial. What are your favorite songs, books and places to travel? My favorite songs would be any music from Sting or Police, I enjoy Stephen King novels and my favorite place I have traveled to is Cancun. Do you give back to the community? I try to give back to the community as much as I can through our church and volunteering at my childrens’ schools in Cameron Park. Last year my daughter’s school was not going to have their annual haunted house at their Harvest Festival so my wife and I stepped in to help organize one. It was a fun experience to watch the expressions on the kids’ faces as they walked through. Whenever I can, I donate my time as a photographer to school activities to contribute to yearbooks, church & sporting events. What hobbies do you enjoy? I enjoy fishing, attending my children’s team sports but most of all I really love photography, which has turned into a side business. I do family portraits, high school seniors, a few weddings, and of course my camera is usually with me at soccer, baseball, and gymnastics. I have been married to my wonderful wife for 18 years and we have two children. I have a son who will very soon be 13, and a daughter who is 7. Our pets include a very big dog and a very old cat. What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my children. My son has been able to keep straight A’s continuously for the past 4 years, and it’s fun to watch him play baseball. He also plays the cello. My daughter is a sweet kid and has been on a gymnastics team the past few years which has been great to see. She has added soccer to her activities so this year our days are full. What causes are you passionate about? I am passionate about being an advocate for people to adopt pets who have been abandoned or in shelters. Our family has a beautiful German Shepherd that was rescued from Milo foundation in Marin County. There are so many fantastic animals to adopt who really need a home so I encourage anyone interested in a family pet to check out their local animal shelter. What is one thing about you people might be surprised to learn? The one thing about me that people might be surprised to learn is that in my 20’s I studied Martial Arts for six years and also taught Martial Arts. Someday I would like to try that again as I still am interested.