Meet City Schools: Janice Hopkins

October 1, 2016
 
 
Janice Hopkins Janice Hopkins
Custodian, 
Lyndhurst Elementary School
 
If I could have a cup of coffee with any of my former teachers, it would be Ms. Williams. Most of the time I was just sitting in her classroom, talking about life, but she was always very encouraging.

Before I joined City Schools, I worked at a nursing home as a cook.

I’ve been a City Schools employee for 28 years.

One of the things that has changed the most since I first joined City Schools is I’ve seen things change for the better. I’m seeing that they are re-doing schools and I’m happy about that. I went to Lyndhurst Elementary as a child and now I’m working here. Now they’re renovating it and it’s going to be an elementary and middle school and I’m so excited that they’re doing that to this particular school. I’m really excited about it!

The best thing about being a custodian is… Well, the summer cleaning is the hardest but I still enjoy it.
 
The best thing about being a custodian is that I get to interact with the staff and students. And I don’t feel like "just a custodian," I feel like I’m a part of the family here. We help to nourish, protect, encourage, direct, and take care of the kids.

My favorite book or piece of art is... I love reading the Bible, but my favorite thing to watch is the Turner Classics. There's just something about the old pictures that I love. I love the old eras with the women with the big fancy hats. I always say that I’m in the wrong time period because there’s something about that history that excites me.

One thing that many people may not know about me is...I love to pray and I’m a very disciplined person. I’m very organized and I don’t like things done at the last minute.
 
Also, [when I retire], I really want to go back to school and do some things for me. I really like to sit down and talk with people. I love talking to people and they talk to me a lot, too, about their problems. I like listening and giving the best advice that I can give. I’m not 100 per cent sure right now, but I might study counseling.
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