Friday, January 29, 2016

Unique Employee Delivers Excellence

Viper Custodian Committed to Delivering the Highest Level of Service to Support Learning Environment

Walk around the 700 building of Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School and you may notice a man with a strong work ethic and quiet, unassuming demeanor wearing a backwards Hurley hat.  

"In general, I'm always running around making sure everybody is taken care of," said Mr. Grant Witters, who is serving in his first full year as a custodian at Space Coast.

While keeping his assigned areas clean is important, he understands the value of maintaining quality relationships with people.

"I try to keep a good relationship with the teachers. I'm really spoiled in the 700s. It's nice how some of the teachers will call me over and say, 'Hey, Grant, I got some food for you!' The teachers take good care of me, just like I try to take good care of them." 

What is it like working at Space Coast? "Everybody has been super friendly," said Mr. Witters. "It's a calm place to work. It's not like I'm burning the candle at both ends. I really enjoy the atmosphere and I like working here." 

How does Mr. Witters approach his work? "At the end of the day, as long as I'm satisfied with what I've done and anyone can come behind me and say, 'He's done a great job!' then I feel like I've done everything I can do."

Grant Witters works hard to take care of the Space Coast campus so students, teachers, and staff can thrive. "I'm just like everyone else. I want to make sure I do my job thoroughly and do it to the best of my ability."

While this is his first position working at a school, Mr. Witters is very familiar with the Brevard school system. "I've lived in Brevard County my whole life. My mother has taught at schools around Brevard county for nearly 30 years." He smiled. "From her, I've heard everything. All the stories."

Having previously worked for a paint company for over 15 years, Mr. Witters appreciates the transition from those stressful, hectic weeks of working 12 hour days to a calmer environment and less demanding work schedule in which he has more time to spend with his family during the week. 

"I was looking for something where I could spend a little more time with my boys." His boys are 9 and 12 years old, respectively. "My last job, by the time I got home, I was mentally and physically exhausted. It was very mind-taxing. This job allows me to leave here after a long day's work, and still have the mental and physical capacity to enjoy time with my boys."

Hobbies and interests? "Music is definitely a passion of mine. I've loved music ever since I was a kid. Now my older son is opening me up to different kinds of music. Everywhere I go, it's music. If it's not the headphones, it's the stereo in my car."

As a hobby, Mr. Wiiters plays drums. "I played in the drumline at Titusville High School. Since then, I've played in several bands just for the fun of it, but nothing serious. I've played anything from heavy metal with my friends to Gospel swing at my church."  

"I got my kids into music, too. My 12 year-old son is learning how to play the guitar. My 9 year-old already plays the drums as well as I did when I was 13." He laughed. "I've got two mini rock monsters."

Playing music also makes for a fun family activity. "My youngest son has a smaller drum set. I'll sit behind him and play a little bit, and my other son will play his guitar, and the three of us will jam together." 

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Witters used to ride dirt bikes when he was younger. "These days, I just like watching my kids skate at the skate park. They'll go up and down the ramps. I'll inline skate but I don't get as crazy as I used to with the skating. I'm happy watching my kids have fun doing their thing."

It is important for students to understand hardworking custodians like Mr. Witters are not here to pick up after them, but rather to keep the school clean for them. There's a big difference. "The hardest part of the day is lunch duty," he said. "Most kids are great but some students don't do well at picking up after themselves, which makes me wonder if they pick up after themselves at home. Either place, it's the right thing to do to pick up after yourself."

"But I still enjoy working in the cafeteria. It gives me a chance to get more involved with the students. Otherwise, I'm usually behind the scenes, and they don't even know I've been around cleaning classrooms."

What is a fun fact no one around Space Coast may know about Mr. Witters?  "I do security for the home games of the Molly Rogers Rollergirls, a roller derby team based out of Melbourne. It's a lot of fun."

An interesting fact to go along with an interesting person.

Space Coast's head custodian, Mr. Rick Fink, knows what Mr. Witters brings to the table. "I would like to encourage everyone to welcome Mr. Witters to our Viper team. He brings a vast amount of knowledge and skills to the position. It is a pleasure to have him on our team." 

Mr. Fink certainly agrees the modest man with the backwards Hurley hat is committed to doing exceptional work for the students, teachers, and staff he serves.

This story is part of a series of features about the dedicated team that helps keep Space Coast a clean, comfortable environment for students to learn. Stay tuned for related stories throughout the school year.  

Stay current with Space Coast Jr./Sr. High at Space Coast Edline.

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