Here at Foundations, we want to move through KSD and get to know the real people that are impacted by local funding on a daily basis. What I Love About My Building will be a recurring segment highlighting our hard-working staff and students, getting to know them on a more personal level.
Amanda Barrabas is the head custodian of Canyon Ridge Middle School, and actually attended school in the building when it was still Sequoia Middle School. We asked her some questions about her experience at Sequoia and about watching the building transform a little more everyday.
Tell me about your experience of attending Sequoia Junior High in this building.
I was a shy kid and was nervous for this unknown place, at the same time going from one teacher to six! I remember it being so big and busy. With all of the changes going on here, to breathe new life into Canyon Ridge it feels that way again, very busy and exciting.
What has the transformation of the building been like for you?
The transformation is incredible! It's bittersweet for me seeing it changing from my old stomping grounds into this beautifully updated facility. Everything is new but I still feel the echoes of Sequoia walking around in the halls.
Do you have a particularly good memory of the building when you attended Sequoia?
The dances that were held in the cafeteria! There was always a backdrop set up in the hallway outside of the cafeteria where kids could get their pictures taken. I still have my Polaroids from those days.
What do you think is most important about the spaces students occupy in order to facilitate learning and personal growth?
The most important thing is that the spaces are safe, clean and functional. Being a mother, I want my kids to be in spaces that allow them to be happy and productive.
How do you think the renovations to this building will impact student learning?
I think the renovations will positively impact student academics and morale. I believe it'll bring pride to students as it does within myself. This will be their home away from home, and when you feel pride in your surroundings it makes you strive for excellence.
What are you most looking forward to with the grand opening of Canyon Ridge?
To meet and work with the staff and students and create lasting relationships with the community. I'm excited to have more noise around here too! It can be very quiet at times. I feel like I'm a big part of this place and can't wait to celebrate all our hard work and dedication that went into Canyon Ridge on the first day of school!