Throughout the year, Teacher in
Spotlight will shine the light on teachers and staff who do
for our students and go above and beyond each and every day.
The spotlight is on Becky Perez!
Ask anyone at Robert J. Kaiser Middle School about Becky Perez, and chances are the first thing they’ll mention is her bright smile.
In Becky’s position, as secretary to the principal, she works with nearly all the staff and students at the middle school. Whether it is a broken heater in a classroom, a spill in the hallway, or a student being sent to the principal, she is often the first point of contact in situations where a smile can go a long way.
“Becky is amazing,” Principal Nikki Horler said. “She is one of the most genuinely nice people I have ever met. She works with nearly everyone at this school doing so many different tasks and she always does it with a smile. She is truly the face of this building.”
While Becky’s job responsibilities run the gamut from scheduling substitutes, to purchasing orders, to creating “welcome” boxes for new teachers, her favorite part of her job is undoubtedly working with students, staff and parents. She’ll often go out of her way to lend a word of encouragement, a hug, or a listening ear to students and their families.
“Establishing relationships with these students is important,” Becky said. “I’ve seen kids who have been struggling, and just by speaking to them or letting them vent, you see a big change in behavior because they feel like they have someone to talk to.”
Becky is also well-known amongst the Spanish-speaking parents in the district, as she often serves as a translator for residents with limited English. She has often sat in on parent meetings to translate and has had parents cry in relief on her shoulder.
Becky grew up in Queens, New York, and moved to Monticello after her oldest child was born. She has worked in the Monticello district for nearly nine years. She credits her husband, two children, and her faith as her inspiration to keep smiling.
“I may not be a teacher, but even as a secretary, I have been able to impact lives,” Becky said. “It’s a good feeling.”
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