This school year, the FSDB Career Development Department decided to do something new and fun by selecting 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 Gage Voteur, a continuing education student in the Deaf Department. He works as an Athletics Department Assistant. Here is what his supervisor, Donna Johnson, had to say about Gage:
"Gage worked concessions last year and did a phenomenal job with Lanya Roberts. He came to me this year to work for Athletics and has shown great interest in learning new things! Not everyone can jump right in work the ‘chain gang’ for football or the ‘lines’ for Volleyball. He was nervous and insecure in the beginning but has stood strong and learned how to do both jobs very well! He has even taken ownership and helped teach other workers and volunteers how to do both jobs. Gage is a very nice, professional young man and very punctual on the job!"
Employee Spotlight Interview with Gage
Why did you want to work for the Athletics/Concession Stand?
I have the desire to learn new things and I like helping people. Since I got the job, I enjoy teaching new hires and volunteers how to do the job properly. I also wanted to gain some employment experience before I leave FSDB.
How do you balance your career and education?
It depends on the amount of homework I have to get done. Typically, I will do some schoolwork before my work shift begins. If I'm not done before heading to work, I will finish it after my work shift. I prefer focusing on the quick and easy work, then dive into the heavier assignments last.
What advice do you have for students who want to work on campus?
I would tell them to figure out what they are good at and what they enjoy doing. If a job opportunity comes up that they think they would enjoy doing, I'd encourage them to apply for the position.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
I really don't feel like there are any challenges... I'm kidding. In the beginning, I struggled with understanding the court line rules in volleyball and I would make many mistakes. After being corrected a few times, I became accustomed to it and understood the rules better.
What do you like most about your job?
I like working the 'chain gang' during football games. Being on the field is fun to me. I enjoy watching the players on the field and tackle each other. I also enjoy seeing how the play unfolds right in front of me rather than if I were on the bleachers.
What are your plans after FSDB?
Hopefully, I will be able to go to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and study Information Technology or become an electrical lineworker. I will have to see which career appeals to me the most when I go through it before deciding on which field to stick with.
If you can choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A... I know that's not healthy but that's what I would choose.
Any random facts you would like to share with us?
I have a passion for fishing and it's my dream to capture a snook fish that is at least 30 inches long. I have caught plenty of snook fish but they were always small or medium-sized. It's my life-long mission to find the largest and heaviest one I can.
If you could be an animal, what would you be?
As a kid, I wanted to be a panda. However, now I think I would choose to be an eagle, so I can feel free in the sky while flying as high as I can go.
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.