What do you do?
Michele Gostnell

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I am the building manager at Bristol Elementary School.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       Im responsible for the whole building in terms of electrical, plumbing, and maintenance, including snow removal. I make sure all works well for the safety of the children, the staff and the visitors to our school. Im trained to do the troubleshooting, problem- solving and a lot of the physical work. If I decide I need help, I call facilities.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       I worked here as the building tech (night custodian) for five years and I was promoted to building manager this past July. This is my sixth year at Bristol.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       I like the community. The staff is great and Im here for the children. I also help out at lunch as the lunchroom teacher. The children know they can come to me for any question, need or problem.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       Id have to think hard because Im really happy here although, we could use more parking and more attention to the fact that were an arts magnet school.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       I was a school bus driver for 18 years and jumped into the night building tech job when the opportunity came up. I had on-the-job training from my former building manager and attended classes offered by the school district. What I wasnt prepared for was the recent renovations. They tore everything down and Id never been through that process. I learned from each contractor a little bit of everything and how things went back together. Now, Im wellrounded.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       The people here are very kind. They care about their neighborhood and work together as a team. Its peaceful here.

What do you do? is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you know someone who has an interesting job on the Westside (but doesnt live here), he/she might be a candidate for this column! If you know someone who might qualify, give us a call at 471-6776.