Each month, the FSDB Career Development Department selects a Student Employee of the Month. Students in the after-school campus work program will be chosen based on their excellent work ethic in their respective paid positions on campus after school.
For the month of August, we are recognizing Alexis Ray, a junior in the Blind Department. She is a D&B Boutique Associate. Here is what her supervisor, Joyce Holliman, had to say about Alexis:
"Alexis Ray deserves this recognition because she always shows up for work eager and excited about her job. She does everything that I ask her to do and she does it well. Alexis folds and arranges kids' clothes. Additionally, she hangs clothes and puts them away where they are supposed to go. She is a team player."
Employee Spotlight Interview with Alexis
Why did you want to work as a D&B Boutique Associate?
It was a spontaneous decision. I wanted to see if I could go for it. I love organization, clothes, and beauty, all of which fit the job perfectly. I thought it would be a fun job. I was terrified but went for it. Now, I have a job I love.
How do you balance your career and education?
It depends on the assignment. If it is easy and quick, I may do it right after school before I head to work. If it requires some more of my time, I will do it after work instead.
What advice do you have for students who want to work on campus?
Just go for it. You will never know what will happen if you don't try. You may be scared, but don't let it stop you. It will also help you prepare for the real world once high school is behind you.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
I like to think that my job is pretty simple with all the organizing I do and putting stuff away where it belongs in the store, but at times I struggle with identifying gender clothing. Sometimes I would think it's women's clothing, but it turns out to be men's clothing. It happens.
What do you like most about your job?
I love it when customers come into the store and I help them pick an outfit. I love shopping and the inspiration it gives me. I can usually tell who the person is when they come into the store right off the bat and what they may like, so I guide them to the right section of the store. I will let the customers express themselves whether they are into fun, stylish, or simple clothing.
What are your plans after FSDB?
I am not sure which college I want to attend yet, but I know I want to become a child psychologist because I love working with children.
If you can choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ice cream is my favorite food of all time. You can have it sweet or savory. There's a variety of flavors you can choose from.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would say Taylor Swift because I've loved her ever since I was a kid. I look up to her. She is multi-talented and very inspiring.
If you could choose a superpower, what would you choose and why?
I would choose teleportation, so I can visit any place I want. It could be off campus, or it could be Rome. Poof! I can be anywhere.
About the After School Campus Work Program
The FSDB After School Campus Work Program provides additional Career Development opportunities to FSDB students (16+) through a structured campus work program delivered outside of the academic day. Students 16 years of age or older will have the opportunity to apply for vacant positions. Students go through a competitive hiring process. They review job postings that include a detailed job description, essential functions, and qualifications.
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school in historic St. Augustine, available to eligible pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind. The FSDB experience gives students the edge to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. Early intervention and outreach services are also available throughout the state of Florida. Private donations help to support programs that directly benefit students which are not covered by state funds. To inquire about enrollment, contact Parent Services at 904-827-2212 or 904-201-4527 VP. To schedule a campus tour, contact Outreach Services at bit.ly/fsdbtours. For more information, visit fsdbk12.org.