Garrett Cares for Candles and Kids

Posted on November 8, 2012 by

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She’s there in the center desk, but you might not have discovered her name yet.

The new FAHS secretary April Garrett, a Fleetwood graduate who was excited when she was offered the job as a high school main office secretary.

“I have always had a love for children but was unable to complete my teaching degree due to having a family, and other large responsibilities got in the way,” Garrett said.

Garrett still wanted to find a way to work at her Alma Mater with children, so the attendance secretary job was the perfect fit for her.

She has worked in the district before in the food service department but felt that she needed a job with more challenge and wanted to try the high school office.

“Now that I am settling into the position and becoming comfortable with the day-to-day challenges and responsibilities, I am happy to be here,” Garrett said.

Garrett’s day begins around 2:50 a.m., when she rises early in the morning to wake up her husband so he is ready to depart for work by 3:30 a.m. After helping her husband, she runs around her neighborhood. Having two children means they need to be woken up, dressed, fed, and escorted to the bus stop by 7:30 a.m.

The next part of Garrett’s day includes preparing herself for work and arriving at Fleetwood.

She has many jobs to take care of at Fleetwood Area High School. As the attendance secretary, she has to keep track of 850 students and make sure everyone is where he or she needs to be. If students are absent and parents have not called their children out sick, Garrett call parents and guardians. At the end of the day, Garrett makes the afternoon announcements.

“After school I have to feed two hungry kids, then take them to gymnastics, dance, football practice–after making sure their homework has been done,” Garrett said.

On some nights, Garrett works at the Yankee Candle store in Wyomissing. After all her duties, she finally gets to lay down for the night somewhere around 10:30 p.m.

Outside of school Garret is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

“I bleed black and gold,” Garrett said.  “I’m proud to be a Parrothead [Jimmy Buffett fan], and I have seen Aerosmith and Johnny Mathis more times than I can remember or care to admit.”

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