|Published:||Dec 18, 2012 6:04 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 18, 2012 6:12 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- In a surprise ceremony, the Lee County School District announced its support staff member of the year. Rob Becker is a building supervisor at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral.
Overwhelming cheers erupted in the cafeteria as Superintendent Dr. Joseph Burke made the announcement.
An emotional Becker took the stage to receive the honor. "I am so humbled, so happy. It feels so good. I love these kids, ya know. And it just feels good that I'm being noticed for something I'm doing, and I'm doing it for them," he says.
Principal Dave Burgess says the building supervisor goes far above and beyond keeping the school clean and safe. "He mentors kids, he mentors staff members, he does just about everything under the sun, and gets total involvement from everyone. So is he unique? Absolutely. He's a rare bird and a great leader."
Becker says being in a newer building gives him more time to interact with the kids, and be a part of their day. "We're only seven years old so it frees up a lot of time to be with the children and help them tie-dye shirts or help the teachers if they don't have a volunteer or parent."
Becker has only worked at the school since July. He started a "dad's club" and had 400 participants at the first Santa breakfast.
He will represent the school district as support staff member of the year.