TOWSON, MD – Wendy Boyden, building chief at Essex Elementary School, has been named one of 10 finalists in Cintas Corporation’s national Janitor of the Year contest (#JOTY). To cast your vote for Boyden, please visit www.cintas.com/JOTY. Voting will close Friday, April 14.
The finalist who receives the most votes will receive a $5,000 cash prize along with $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid products and services for his or her school. The Janitor of the Year Contest is open to janitors of educational facilities of all levels—elementary through college. This year, the contest received more than 1,200 nominations. In its fourth year, the award shines a spotlight on those who work behind the scenes and often go unnoticed.
The work of Boyden at Essex Elementary clearly has been noticed. “Ms. Wendy is a wonderful part of our Essex Elementary family,” said Principal Amy Grabner. “We are proud to be able to honor her and have the entire country know how awesome she is and how she makes a 25-year-old school look brand new!”
Boyden’s bio on the Janitor of the Year website notes that she “wears multiple hats, from Rescuer of Creepy-Crawly-Critters to New-Hire Trainer Extraordinaire to the School Concert Savior after fixing broken stage curtains. Due to Wendy’s hard work that shows off in the shiny hallways, spotless classrooms and tidy cafeteria, visitors of Essex Elementary are often stunned to learn the building is 25 years old. The bright and cheerful Ms. Wendy completes her job with enthusiasm and grace, and most importantly, loves and is loved by each and every Essex Elementary student and staff member.”