Being The Difference
by Amanda Schmidt
The Emmetsburg Community School District is on a mission to improve our culture and climate within our staff and our students. Each month we will be selecting an E-Hawk Staff Member of the Month. This person is selected based on recommendations given to the superintendent on why they are “Being the Difference” for the Emmetsburg Community School District.
September’s Staff Member of the Month is Jim Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter is a custodian at West Elementary.
Mr. Carter, Elementary Principal, describes Jim in the following way, ” Mr. Carpenter is the type of selfless employee that makes an organization great. His impact on West Elementary is truly immeasurable, as so much of what he does goes unnoticed, yet I know that Mr. Carpenter is without a doubt very much appreciated and respected by everyone at West Elementary, including staff and students. Whenever I have a task that needs completed, advice on an issue or a request for anything above and beyond the call of duty, Mr. Carpenter will always complete the task immediately and without question. He fixes, builds, cleans, takes care of, maintains, humors, encourages and supports West Elementary!! What would we do without him? Mr. Carpenter is the DIFFERENCE that makes West Elementary great!”
Each Staff Member of the Month is asked to fill out a questionnaire so we are able to get to know them better. The following responses are from Mr. Carpenter:
1. Hometown: Emmetsburg, Iowa
2. Advice to other staff on how to “Be the Difference”: Take your job seriously, but not yourself. Humor can lighten the load and break down barriers.
3. 3 Words to describe Emmetsburg Schools: caring, committed, and determined
4. What is the most challenging part of your job? Winter weather
5. What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve had? Working and living on a beach in Florida.
6. Who would you like to be for a day? A Kardashian. Who are those people anyway?
7. What is an ability you wish you had? Keeping up with advancing technology.
8. Name a fun fact about yourself: Wrote a book that is being published
Congratulations to Jim Carpenter on being September’s E-Hawk Staff Member of the Month!