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 May, we are recognizing Marcus Guillou, a senior in the Deaf Department. He is an A/V Production Technician. Here is what his supervisor, Scott Botelho, had to say about Marcus:
"Marcus has really stepped up his efforts and has come through for me countless times in the past month. He's taken on last minute assignments, shows up to work on time, stays late when there is still work to be done even if he is over his hours, and is always the first one to ask what needs to be done. Marcus has done an exceptional job work with me doing Livestream, an amazing job backstage working with sets and props for the FSDB Dance Troupe production of West Side Story, and assisting in my other OPS position working alongside me and the other Recreation Staff for after school activities. He has done very well in balancing his work, school, and sports this year. He always gives me his all when he's able to work and listens and takes feedback very well and improves everyday with his work ethic and experience. I appreciate his willingness to work at a drop of a hat whenever I need him. Marcus has even driven himself to school on a day off when there were no classes and I needed help getting things ready for the show this month. He has been a valuable member of my Tech Crew and huge help with the work we do with the Recreation Department as well. He will be missed when he graduates. Thank you, Marcus."
Employee Spotlight Interview with Marcus
Why did you want to work for Technology Services?
Technology is something I am truly intrigued in as I'm fascinated by it. I wanted to take responsibility for my future, so obtaining a job was a good place for me to start. Additionally, I wanted to learn more about money management and having a job is a good way to do that.
How do you balance your career and education?
It can be tough at times, but it's not impossible. My schedule looks something like this: from 3:30 to approximately 5:30 in the afternoon, I am usually involved in sports. After that, I usually work from 6 pm to roughly 8 pm. After work is when I focus on my schoolwork and any assignments I need to catch up on. It's doable.
What advice do you have for students who want to work on campus?
I would highly recommend having a job here at FSDB if you can before leaving for the real world. This is an opportunity you don't want to miss as it's a big advantage to have for anyone my age. Getting a job here first will greatly impact on your potential of getting a job in the future outside of FSDB. It's fun to have a job as well.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
Learning new things and new equipment that I have never worked with before will be challenging for me at first, but it won't be as challenging once I get the hang of it. The more I work on different equipment, the easier it gets.
What do you like most about your job?
For one, it's fun. Two, I like helping people. Three, it makes me decent money if I'm being honest. And lastly, I have lots of fun on the job and it's been a great learning experience for me.
What are your plans after FSDB?
I plan on going to Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. to major in two different areas: Physical Education and Arts/Graphic Design.
If you can choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Acai bowls. I will never get tired of them.
Any random facts you would like to share with us?
People don't realize I can speak and hear pretty well. When I say hear pretty well, I don't mean familiar sounds around me, but actual spoken words too.
If you could be an animal, what would you be?
An eagle because they have really good eyesight and they can fly... And who doesn't want to fly?
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.