by Edgar Dueñas, Supervisor of Custodial, Locks, and Painting Maintenance, and Curtner Elementary staff
Curtner Elementary Custodian Jesus Chagolla is an employee that goes above and beyond each and every day. He treats everyone he encounters like his own family, with honesty and respect. Staff, students, administrators, parents and local community members all know Chagolla because of his dedication and hard work ethic. Chagolla has continually volunteered and been involved with many community events at Curtner.
Chagolla takes pride and joy in upkeep of Curtner's gardens, and ensuring his school is clean and presentable. Chagolla has been with the district since August 2000 and has worked at Curtner the entirety of that.
"I don't plan on going anywhere anytime soon," Chagolla recently said with a big smile.
Curtner Principal Maria Hartman-Hernandez shared her praises of Chagolla's work through the years, and the impact it has made on the school community.
"Jesus dedicates his time and passion to the Curtner community with love, kindness, and a sense of grace that leaves you feeling empowered," she said. "Jesus tends Curtner's greenery with a personalized touch that speaks of his commitment and attention to detail. The students at Curtner vie for opportunities to work with Mr. Chagolla after lunch to organize recycling and leave the common areas 'as good or better' than they found it. Jesus is always ready with a quick tip for a cold remedy, or a specific way to cut a plant to get best growth. There is no part of Curtner that Jesus does not have deep knowledge about, or has not tended in some way. We are beyond blessed to have him and feel his love daily. Thank you Mr. Chagolla!"
Here are several other quotes from his proud Curtner family:
-Jesus is such an inspirational person who has such a positive outlook on life. He goes above and beyond to support our kids and he’s greatly appreciated!
-Every day I am greeted with a smile from Jesus. No matter how busy he is, he always says hello and asks how my day is going. I really appreciate his positivity and love for the students. Curtner is a better place because of him.
-Jesus will help with anything that needs to be done and always has something positive to say.
-Jesus is a wonderful custodian! Whenever I need any type of help, he is always there to ensure that it gets done. Another nice thing about Jesus is that he stops by once in awhile after school to just talk story. I get good advice from him about my own kids because he shares with me his experiences that he has gone through with his own kids. I have enjoyed working with him for all these years.
-Jesus really cares about the well being of our kids. He is always willing to give a helping hand and makes sure that our students are always safe. He is always putting others first and has displayed many selfless acts for my students this year!
The Curtner community and MUSD is blessed to have such a dedicated and hardworking custodian like Jesus Chagolla.