Meet Team AISD

I love working with children because they really appreciate what you do for them and it puts a smile on their lovely faces.
Position: 
Lead Custodian
Department/School: 
Galindo Elementary School
Previous Occupations at AISD: 
Lead Custodian, St. Elmo Elementary School
Years at AISD: 
49

WHAT I DO:

As the lead custodian for Galindo Elementary, I am responsible for taking care of the building, grounds, heating, AC, plumbing. I also help set up breakfast for students in pre-kindergarten grades and above. I call them my “breakfast kids.”

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT WORKING AT AISD:

Both of the campuses that I have worked at have had wonderful principals and staff with great personalities that treated me kindly. During my 49 years with AISD, I also have had the opportunity to work on a lot of different committees and have seen the district through many different superintendents-from Carruth to Carstarphen.

THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT THE WORK I DO:

I love working with children because they really appreciate what you do for them and it puts a smile on their lovely faces. Sometimes I even get to read stories to the children and that is really special. I keep every picture that they have drawn for me over the years.

MY GREATEST MEMORY IN AISD:

When I was working at St. Elmo Elementary in the 1960’s a boiler malfunctioned and we had to evacuate the school. When I checked it out, I found that someone had taken the heat bulb out and had wrapped it in cheese cloth and forced it back in the slot. This was a real scare for everyone and could have been a dangerous situation. As a result, I got on television and was able to explain the situation to the community.

THE BIGGEST CHANGE I HAVE SEEN DURING MY TIME WITH AISD:

I would say the biggest change I have seen is the demographics of our Hispanic students. When I started in AISD, the district mostly consisted of Anglo students and had very few minorities. The city also has changed in many ways. For instance, the Galindo school area used to be considered West Lake. The biggest shift has definitely been the use of technology. These days everything is instant and available at the touch of a button. It’s a big change, but still pretty amazing!

WHAT I’D SAY TO A POTENTIAL CANDIDATE:

You have to be honest, timely and do a good days work.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME:

I read many books, like to run and race cars and have a love for politics and ancient history. I was a liaison for the teachers’ union for about forty years, and used to travel across the nation to places like Washington D.C., Maryland, Atlanta, and others, representing classified employees and addressing issues like salaries and working conditions.

MY WORDS OF WISDOM TO AISD NEW HIRES:

If you meet the needs of your boss and the students, you will okay. However, it’s just as important to be timely on the job and not tardy.

WORDS I LIVE BY:

Honesty and self-preservation are very important to me. I have learned over the years that if someone calls you a name, you should just walk away.

MY 5 FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT AUSTIN:

  • Very clean city
  • State capital
  • Austin has so many fun activities happening 24/7
  • Friendly city with good people
  • Decent police department

WHAT OD'S COLLEAGUES SAY ABOUT HIM:

“Od is our spine, our strength, and just about everything to Galindo Elementary. He has educated me and so many other staff members about the importance of safety. To this day, he is outside at the crack of dawn every day working to make sure our kids are safe and staying a step ahead of issues. He has even built a strong rapport with APD and the AISD police team!” – Sandra Martinez, assistant principal for Galindo Elementary

“Od is an important part of Galindo Elementary. There isn’t anything about the school that he doesn’t know. He also symbolizes the character of Galindo in terms of family and is always, always a positive soul. He remains above the drama, which is good and keeps him young. When people visit Galindo, everyone knows him.” – Donna Linn, principal for Galindo Elementary