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Custodian is classroom hero

February 15, 2013

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Bradford Elementary School's head custodian is considered a classroom hero, according to Barista Kids.

joe maffucci is a classroom superheroJoe Maffucci was nominated as a part of the National Education Association's (NEA) Classroom Superheroes program, which allows parents, students and community members to "show educators and staff the support they deserve," the article stated.

According to the article, Maffucci is considered an example of the impact a custodian can have on a school, and dispels the stereotype that custodians are invisible entities in a school.

"Our building could not operate without Mr. Maffucci. I depend on Mr. Maffucci's skill, commitment, hard work and feedback on a daily basis," said Principal Naomi Kirkman.

As the school's head custodian, Maffucci is responsible for the school's other maintenance workers and repairing broken tables and chairs, replacing rotted pipes, running the boilers, spreading mulch, mowing the lawn, solving electrical problems and shoveling snow off sidewalks, the article noted.

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