What do you find most rewarding about what you do?
Even though I’m not in the classroom, it’s rewarding to work with the kids we serve on a daily basis. Some of our graduating 8 th graders this school year have been with us since enrolling in kindergarten in 2011. It has been amazing to witness their growth over the years.
Another great part is being able to assist the parents that we serve. Parents often come in and share personal information with us. I can relate to them and what they may be going through. We’re all human. We all have similar struggles. I find ways to support them with whatever they may be experiencing – whether it’s with the school, with their children, or something at home.
Could you talk about your experience up to your current role? I believe you mentioned that you’ve been at Friendship for a long time working in various capacities.
Before coming to Friendship, I worked as an assistant at DCPS at their Office of the Superintendent. One of my colleagues informed the previous principal, Ralph Neal, that I was looking for an assistant position at a school, as I had come to know him from his time at DCPS. I came in for an interview and that’s how I got started at Friendship. I have been at Friendship Blow Pierce since 2007.
I kept Mr. Neal up-to-date on everything that was going on, updating his calendar, and so forth. In 2014, Dr. Grant came onboard as principal and our previous office manager, Ms. Johnson, moved to Collegiate. She recommended that I be the Office Manager here at Blow Pierce. I shadowed her and learned everything she did—that’s the kind of person I am, I’m interested in what my colleagues’ jobs entail so that whenever they’re out, I can jump right in and assist.
What do you like most about Friendship?
I’ve been here at Blow Pierce the whole time, but I visit other campuses every now and then for professional development. I like the family feel across the whole network. I’ve had some wonderful support here with understanding principals and administrators and wonderful colleagues. I know that our educators really enjoy and love working with kids. We have a good thing here.
Some of our staff even reach out to parents over the weekend. I sometimes stumble upon parent posts where they’re praising a teacher for this or that. Ms. Jones, for instance, goes out of her way to make sure kids have everything they need. The staff here at Friendship have a genuine love for children that goes beyond education.
Is there a fun fact you’d like to share?
I love to cook and bake in my spare time. I’m always looking for different recipes to try out with my family and friends. I’ll try anything.
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