Linh Pham sweeps the racquetball court.
By keeping our surroundings clean and tidy, they allow students and faculty to focus on education. Often looked at as unskilled labor or second class workers, custodians are problem solvers and morale boosters. They play a vital role in keeping our campus running, often without the recognition they deserve. —Misha Cherniske
Katherine Morgan, the building service manager and the person who helped me with this project. She told me “I love every minute of working here” and when asked the relationship between custodians and the students, said this “I believe that the students have a great relationship with the Custodian. The Custodial staff is like the welcome committee of the campus. They are the eyes and ears of the campus. Custodians are always there willing and ready to assist All students in helping them find different areas on campus. They are the first responders for emergencies that the students and staff may acquire. They are the ones student go to when they lose or misplace items. We the Custodian’s is always ready to serve with a smile.”
Yong Ratzen’s first day on the job. She is excited to work at evergreen because she loves the students, who were like her “sons and daughters” at her previous job.
Bonnie, who takes care of us down in the library.
Yong Ratzen, cleaning the studio
Our no flush urinals need to be changed out regularly. This task is taken care of by Frank Maldonado, the custodian and maintenance worker.
Teresa Bravenac and others listen during a meeting.
Garland Deville, a single dad who works hard to make sure he has time to be with his kids after school.
Jennifer, a custodian for two and a half years listens during a meeting.
Misha Cherniske is a student RAD employee. This work was produced as his final project in winter quarter’s 4 credit Documentary Photography class. You can see the project in its entirety on his website.