School Janitor Cares for Students While Cleaning
In her 25 years as a school custodian at Hoglan Elementary School in Marshalltown, IA, between vacuuming, emptying trash, cleaning desks, and washing whiteboards. Loma Green has taken time to help the preschoolers through fourth graders tie their shoes and zip their coats. Green, who is featured in the Times-Republican’s A Day in the Life feature, believes it’s important to form friendships with the students, so she has recruited them to help her collect recycling and perform other cleaning and maintenance tasks, helping them learn new skills.
Loma has always enjoyed cleaning. Before she became a school custodian, she worked as a nursing home housekeeper and a residential cleaner. Loma is known for being an efficient multitasker and takes pride in ensuring that the school classrooms, restrooms, offices, the media center, and the cafeteria remain clean throughout the day.
Lomas says the favorite part of her job is knowing she’s giving the kids a clean environment and having a chance to interact with them. These interactions have given her some amusing experiences through the years, such as when a student brought a mouse to school and she had to retrieve it from his locker.