As he puts on his custodial uniform and packs his lunch to prepare himself for an unpredictable day at Brien Mcmahon, he comes with a big bright smile to complete the job to his highest ability: making our school a better place.
Meet Alfred Gautrau, one of Brien Mcmahon custodian workers. Before McMahon, Alfred worked at West Rocks Middle school for 10 years. Since transferring, he has worked here for 3 years and witnessed the changes in the Brien Mcmahon community. He mostly spends his time in the cafeteria working all 4 lunch shifts.
“I love my job, I love interacting with the many kids at this school,” says Gautrau.
Alfred always arrives at Brien McMahon High school ready to work. Everyday is a routine.
“I come in at 11 A.M., and I work all 4 lunch shifts, and then at 3 P.M.. I clean the special Ed area, clean the 2 bathrooms, and mop any mess,” says Gautrau.
Working with high schoolers is something that he enjoys, even though it may be harsh dealing with a greater amount of student body. A big student body means he encounters different personalities.
“I interact with both the janitors and lunch ladies. It’s simple to just saying, ‘hi,’ or asking ‘how was your day?’ They seem very happy when I greet them,” says Daine Bolivar (‘12).
Whether you are a student or a staff member at Brien McMahon, you are encouraged to promote inclusion with everyone. Gautrau believes that everyone has a job to do here, so he may not encounter every single person, but every staff member that he comes across greets him and shows him absolute respect.
“Mrs. Koroshetz, the Former Principal, was really nice. She made me feel included, as well as office staff and teachers,” Gautrau said.
Gautrau believes that work is not just getting required task done, but to also to get to know the people around you. Being able to greet the kids that he comes across makes him feel happy because it could make their day better.
“I try to speak to all the kids I come across, I know for a fact if I speak to one kid it will put a smile on their face, which makes me happy,” Gautreau said.
It’s easy to forget to show appreciation to those who are the foundation to the school, from lunch ladies to the custodians.
“I think just like we have teacher appreciation day, we should have janitor appreciation day as well as lunch lady appreciation day. You don’t want them to come hating their job; reassurance is key,” says Bolivar (‘12).