I love to wear “funky” shoes and to shop for them with my husband. It amazes me how many people notice my shoes and make comments about them. I have even had people remark they were disappointed because I was wearing plain shoes one day. That made me think about the various “shoes” that people within FCPS wear. Do we really see and appreciate what it is like to wear their shoes?
From time to time, I’ll post blog entries that feature stories, anecdotes, and descriptions of people within FCPS. I’d like to share some perspectives that will cause you to reflect and to appreciate the rich diversity of people and roles within our organization. We talk a lot about our teachers and administrators – and rightfully so. But it’s also important to remember that there are so many diverse staff members who directly and indirectly support our students and their success.
This topic aligns perfectly with the cultural proficiency journey we are taking together as an organization. It also presents the many faces and shoes of public education in Frederick County!
For this kick-off blog theme, let’s just take a look at who we are in FCPS. Some of these numbers may surprise you! FCPS employs:
- 362 custodians;
- 414 bus drivers and transportation staff;
- 136 food service workers;
- 144 counselors and school psychologists; and
- 856 instructional assistants.
And, perhaps even more surprisingly, we have some “odd jobs” in our organization too – highly specialized jobs that are absolutely critical to our schools and educational programs, but ones that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with a school system. For example, we employ:
- A Pool Operations Coordinator;
- Two Grounds Equipment Repair people;
- A Roofer;
- A Predictive Maintenance Technician; and
- Two Electronic Building Systems Technicians.
I’m looking forward to sharing some of the stories about the men and women who help not only to make our school system great, but also make it a little more interesting! In the meantime, do you know of someone with a unique or interesting role in FCPS? Share a little about them on Twitter @FCPSMDSuper. And if you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it on Facebook or Twitter.