Patricia and Johnny are the custodial staff at Emerald Elementary School. They
were nominated by Principal Samara Williams who wrote:
all, this custodian team has an
incredible work ethic and pride in the work that they do. They clean every area
of Emerald as if it was their own house. They are also an amazing team that
supports one another, provides a wonderful example of teamwork, and is pleasant
and kind to the whole school community.
this custodial team will do anything and everything for staff and students at
Emerald. For example, we recently enrolled a new student to Emerald who is a
child with a significant physical disability. The student's needs are unique
and it has taken some extreme creativity on the part of everyone involved,
especially our custodians, to find chairs and desks and furniture, etc. that
meet her unique needs. Jack, the head custodian, has changed the height of her
desk in multiple rooms in the school no less than 20 times in six days.
custodial staff also does many things that are outside of their regular duties.
For example, many times in the evening, Patricia is the only Spanish speaker
around in a school that has many Spanish-speaking families. She is always
willing to translate, solve problems, communicate with whoever needs help and
still manages to get all of her work done in a timely and efficient manner.
Recently, Johnny, a night custodian, had to step into an emergency situation
when a volunteer tripped and hurt herself quite significantly. Johnny's quick
thinking and great communication skills pulled together all the people
necessary to help get the volunteer safely transported for medical attention.
principal and teacher, I have worked with many custodians in my 20 year career.
This is by far the most outstanding custodial team I've ever had the pleasure
of working with.