4/16/2013 10:35:00 AM Slice of life: Juliana Grantham and Halley Rocha The News talks with the Administrative Assistant and Registrar (front desk heroes) at Williams Elementary-Middle School
Williams Elementary-Middle School Administrative Assistant Juliana Grantham and Registrar Halley Rocha take a break from their busy day keeping things running smoothly from the front desk. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Rocha: Everything from headaches and bloody noses,
Grantham: to emptying trash cans.
Rocha: Whatever it takes to keep the place going. We have good days. The kids definitely keep us on our toes.
Grantham: Phones are busy.
Rocha: And the staff is wonderful too.
Grantham: Our days are really busy.
Rocha: I would say fun-filled and action-packed.
Grantham: I would say non-stop. Helping parents, helping staff, students.
Rocha: We have fun though. We keep each other from going bonkers.
Grantham: We work real well together. We, I would hope, complement each other.
How many phone calls do you get in a day?
Grantham: Even on a slow day,
What is the best part of the job?
Rocha: The kids. Just being with them every day.
Grantham: That's true, just kind of being a part of it. And they get so dependent on you. I think they gain a whole lot of good things from us.
Rocha: Some of these kids don't have moms or aunts.
Grantham: They come to school in the morning and you don't know if they've even had breakfast. To me, if you can make one child smile, that makes your day.
Rocha: She has seen a lot of them grow up and I've seen them grow up.
Grantham: And now their kids are here. And the parents will come in and they'll look at me and they'll go, 'are you still here?'
What is your most memorable experience on the job?
Rocha: It's like having 409 kids of your own. I guess just seeing the kids progress and go through the good times, you know, the undefeated football seasons and pep rallies and just being a part of all that really good positive school stuff that the kids get to do. I would just say being a part of, kind of like reliving some of that good, school-age stuff. And we're doing it with our kids and grandkids.
What are the best excuses you've heard for being late or missing school?
Rocha: People blame it on the train a lot. It also amazes me how different the weather is between here and 10 miles down the road. I got calls yesterday because of the blizzard. 'Are the buses going to run?'
Grantham: They're snowed in. They can't get out of the driveway. 'Are we having school today?' And then the blizzard lasted for what, 15 minutes?