I get to help all the kids
I was in the Navy for 20 years. I was an aviation electrician’s mate. I worked on the F-14 and the F/A-18 Super Hornet. I took two years off after I retired to spend some time with my son because I had done 7.5 deployments. I missed a lot with him. So I came in and started working here because then I could have my summers with him. He was in fourth grade then and he is a freshman in high school now. I just was able to make up a lot of time that I missed because kindergarten, first and second grades, I was almost never home. I was always somewhere.
What do you like best about your job as a security assistant?
I think the best part about my job is that I get to help all the kids. Instead of just being a classroom with one student, I get to help with everybody. So if I see someone coming in in the morning and it’s an unusually sad face, I’ll make sure I say “hi” to them, give them a hug and tell them to have a good day. Or sometimes, if we have a student that is having a hard day, they can come up and have lunch with me and just talk about what’s going on, and we can see if we can figure out a better way to handle things. I think more so at the elementary level – yes, I’m a security assistant – but I’m also just here for all the kids to help them out too.