2016-03-19 / The Bullhorn

A day in the life of Mrs. Johnson

By Kassi Walker
Bullhorn Reporter


Jean Johnson is the first person everyone sees when entering the Roxboro Community School building. Shown here greeting parents, looking up a student’s schedule and talking with a teacher, she says her day is nonstop. Jean Johnson is the first person everyone sees when entering the Roxboro Community School building. Shown here greeting parents, looking up a student’s schedule and talking with a teacher, she says her day is nonstop. Jean Johnson, the Roxboro Community School (RCS) office manager and secretary, is more than her title, which doesn’t begin to describe what she does for our school.

She is the first face one sees when walking into RCS, and students, teachers and parents have been heard commenting that her bubbly personality and bright smile make their day.

Johnson has been at RCS for two years. She has 27 years of experience working in education.

After arriving at school at 7:30 a.m., Johnson said, “The first thing I do, after waving and smiling my way through the traffic of parents, is acknowledge the teachers and students engaged in morning conversations as I turn the computer on. While waiting for the computer, I’m scanning the desk for any notes, messages or folders that may have been placed on the desk earlier.”

When asked about her day as a whole, Johnson said, “My day is one that I’m so grateful for, from the beginning to the end.”

She added that she finds herself thanking God for blessing her as a part of the RCS family.

“There is never a dull moment,” she continued.

“Not one day is the same as the day before,” Johnson said. “When preparing for the day, it doesn’t just start when I arrive to school. It starts early in the morning around 5:30 a.m. Acknowledging the Creator is first and foremost. The safety and welfare of RCS staff, faculty, students, and parents is one of the priorities that I cherish as well as the education of each student.”

Johnson gave insight into her basic daily routine.

“Now, just to name a few things, there is answering the phone, many times a phone receiver in each hand; helping students and parents to sign in or out; hearing my name called from the workroom to help with copying; directing students and parents to the information station or to a classroom; making sure all visitors sign in, which includes former students; informing students on the arrival of their lunches; making sure homework left at home and dropped off by the parent gets to that student before it’s needed; making sure that sports uniforms and gear are reunited with the players; making sure students are checked out on time for appointments, and even putting on a bandage or ice pack while making the phone call to parents are just a few things that happen at the front desk. There is so much more.”

Johnson said she can’t do it alone. She explained that on any given morning, coworkers who are just as eager about a new day are willing to lend a hand at any time. Often, Johnson said, teachers will come to the desk and ask if there is anything they can help her with.

“There are several students who are office assistants,” Johnson explained. “[They] are assigned carefully supervised duties in the office and these young people are unbelievable and can be observed answering and directing calls with true professionalism,” Johnson said.

In order to prepare for the next day, Johnson said that she tries to leave the front desk organized when she leaves RCS.

“I am grateful for the position that I am blessed to have,” she concluded.

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