LAS VEGAS — A former military man turned high school custodian uses his influence to teach students outside the classroom, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
Samuel White, 59, a custodian at Chaparral High School, has a magic touch with troubled teens, acting almost like a counselor, the article stated.
According to the article, White has become a father figure to a high school teen prone to acting out.
The teen, a high school senior, and White were brought together by an observant staff that recognized the school was stretched thin on actual counselors, the article noted.
"I''d see Sam doing his job and always treating the kids like an asset rather than a liability or a problem, always treating the kids with respect," said Dave Trupp, the chief custodian at Chaparral who persuaded White to join him at Chaparral.
"I think it''s just Sam''s character. That''s who he is. I''ve never seen Sam be rude or malicious. I knew coming into a high school, you can''t treat the kids without respect," Trupp added.
Trupp spoke and Chaparral''s dean of students, Scott Littlefield, have observed White offering words of encouragement, speaking of the need to dress well, to speak in a clear voice, to focus on schoolwork and to respect others, especially women, the article added.
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