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WCCHS Custodian Alfonso Rivera Awarded ISBE Honors

August 21, 2019

A West Chicago Community High School custodian, Alfonso Rivera, has earned the Illinois State Board of Education’s highest honor in the Those Who Excel Awards, an Award of Excellence, for his significant contributions to the school. Rivera was celebrated at a local reception on Aug. 21; he will be honored at the state level on Oct. 19, 2019.

Rivera, a third shift custodian, was nominated for the state award by school staff members who appreciate his work ethic and positive attitude. Rivera, now in his 40th year, is a self-starter, highly motivated, hard working, honest, and dedicated to his job.

In addition, Rivera maintains the indoor swimming pool, a job requiring skill and dedication to make it safe for students, including working weekends to check readings and make adjustments. By a quick calculation, over his career Rivera has given up over 500 weekends to make sure the pool is operational and the building is secure. He has performed temporary mechanical fixes to pool equipment “on the fly” to keep the pool open for students rather than having to close it while waiting for mechanics. This level of commitment is second to none.

 “Alfonso Rivera has been “my guy” since 2007,” says Nick Parry, assistant athletic director, division head, teacher and coach. “Through every crazy request, no matter how big or small, Alfonso has always replied with a smile on his face as he gets the work done, consistently going above and beyond. Without someone like Alfonso in the building, our school would suffer.”

Rivera will be honored by the Illinois State Board of Education on Oct. 19 in Normal, Illinois.

ISBE Those Who Excel winner Alfonso Rivera

WCCHS custodian Alfonso Rivera is congratulated by staff members at a reception for earning highest honors in the Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel program.