by Britney Morgan, Communications Officer
Toya Roberts has a Big Heart and Humble Spirit
This is the second school year for Toya Roberts, custodian at Burgess-Peterson Elementary. With a very pleasant and somewhat bashful personality, Mr. Roberts didn’t say much during his interview, but the teachers and staff at Burgess Peterson had plenty to say. The front office personnel, Charlotte Holloway-Brown and Kim Smith, expressed their appreciation for Mr. Roberts— calling him a blessing to their school and commending him for the pride he has in his work. “There are a lot of words I could use to describe him, but the one word that fits is humble. He is such a humble person,” said Brown.
As Mr. Roberts walked through the hallways, it was obvious he had a great relationship with the teachers, staff and students. They all greeted him with hello, thank you, and of course some threw in a few requests as well. Fairly new to the position, he has made quite an impression, and teachers and staff members were quick to praise him as an asset to the school.
“Whatever you need he will get it done,” “he has a great attitude,” “he’s such a humble person” and “he’s great with the kids,” are the compliments that the staff use to describe Mr. Roberts.
He gets to work early and stays late, he’s proactive in his efforts, and he never forgets a request. “He may not get your classroom right then, but he will get to you,” explained another staff member that we passed walking through the halls.
He understands that he too can have a positive impact on the lives of students. He currently mentors a student who attends Burgess-Peterson.
In his spare time, Mr. Roberts plays basketball, shoots pool and jogs. He says that he loves his job because the teachers, staff and students treat him like family. When asked if there was anything else that he would like to share, he simply stated with a huge smile, “Burgess-Peterson is the best school in the Atlanta Public Schools system. ”
Principal Robin Robbins shares his sense of pride. “As we celebrate National Custodian Day, Mr. Roberts is definitely one to be celebrated! What a great asset to our school and school district,” said Robbins.
If you see Mr. Roberts or any other custodian be sure you express your appreciation for all that they do. They are one of the many important teachers outside the classroom who are helping to prepare our students for college and career success.
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He said what he loves most about his job is the children. “Sometimes they come to me for advice,and I gladly give it to them,” said Talley. “I just want to make sure that I help keep them in a clean environment to learn in.”