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Carlos Sanchez Fernandez: Student Employee of the Month (October 2022)

Carlos wearing a grey t-shirt with comic book figures.

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 October, we are recognizing Carlos Sanchez Fernandez, a continuing education student in the Deaf Department. He is a Dragon's Lair Cafe Worker. Here is what his supervisors, Kevin Voelker and Tracey Dennis, had to say about Carlos:

Kevin: "I nominate Carlos because he is a wonderful worker. He can manage the job well by himself. He is a very patient student."
Tracey: "He stays calm under pressure. He knows the job well and can perform it himself with confidence. He is always helpful, friendly, and kind to all our customers. He is the perfect role model!"


Employee Spotlight Interview with Carlos

Why did you want to work for the Dragon's Lair Cafe?

I was motivated to work and I thoroughly enjoy cooking, cleaning, and counting money.

How do you balance your career and education?

When I am done with work, I go back to the dorm to complete my duties and eat my dinner. Afterwards, I focus on my classwork for approximately an hour. That's how I've always done it.

What advice do you have for students who want to work on campus?

I have a friend who wants to work in the Dragon's Lair and I have shared with them that they will need to learn how to greet customers, basics of cooking, and know about food safety and how to use different culinary equipment. They will need to know how to clean accordingly and what proper chemicals to use.

What do you find most challenging about your job?

Good question. For me, it's challenging to read some recipes that are advanced and how to memorize some of the recipes. I try to remember customers' names, but that is also challenging to me.

What do you like most about your job?

I like everything about it. I enjoy learning more about creating different recipes.

What are your plans after FSDB?

I would like to work for Chili's. There is one that is located near where I live.

If you can choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken fingers, hands down!

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Alex Abenchuchan with DailyMoth because I enjoy watching him share news in ASL. He signs clearly and covers a variety of topics. He makes it interesting to watch and keep up to date with current events.

If you could choose a superpower, what would you choose and why?

I wish I had "turbo speed," so I'd get the cooking done in a fraction of a second and any other duties that I have to complete.


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.


About FSDB

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 For more information, visit


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