Custodians are the unsung heroes of a school district. They are found working hard behind the scenes to ensure that buildings are ready for everything from a regular school day to sporting events. Our September employee of the month is one of our custodial staff and we are excited to be able to recognize the dedication of Ms. Heidi Kinch! Heidi began working for the district in January of 2017 and has proven herself to be a valuable part of our district and Elmira Elementary School.
Heidi and her older brother grew up in the Elmira area. She enjoys reading (a lot), learning new things, writing, building and working in her garden. Some of her favorite creative adventures include wire sculpting, color-pencil painting, lapidary, jewelry-making, calligraphy & lettering and sewing.
Heidi brings her strong work ethic and a quiet smile to work everyday. She tells us that she enjoys learning about and using the maintenance equipment, being able to help people and having the satisfaction of a job well done. She also appreciates the independence and ownership she can take in her work. “It takes a lot of hard work every day (and year round) by all the district custodians to keep the district schools clean and safe/operational. I like to tell people that I get paid to work out!”
At the elementary school, Heidi is sometimes approached by curious students. One of her favorite conversations with one such student happened while she was mopping the floor. The student asked, “are you going to ‘swamp the deck’?”
She also mentioned that she greatly appreciates the many kind and considerate people she works with and when others recognize the effort that goes into taking care of the school facilities, express appreciation and do their part, even the smallest gesture to help out, it makes even a hard day much easier.
Thank you to Heidi for your hard work, positive attitude and attention to detail! You make Elmira Elementary a great place to work!