One Cafe Manager…Serving Culture for Breakfast

This was a post from last Fall, but as I’m moving my blog to a new platform, I’m moving over the posts that I feel are most important. This is the first post I’m moving. Enjoy!


Lisa Garrett. Cafeteria Manager at Stockwell Elementary. Many would consider her job a small part of the school environment – but I have news for you, all of the staff at Stockwell would wholeheartedly disagree with that statement.

Lisa greets the staff each and every morning with an email. Her energy and voice come through the email and invigorates us all for the day to come. Below is an example of such an email:

Sorry Peepsters – I just couldn’t start out the day any other way after last night.  It’s been 108 years in the making but my Cubbies finally pulled it off and cancelled the curse of the Billy Goat.  Can I get a big old Wahooooo…..  (Sorry Ms. Brocato!)

Now that I have that out of my system (well, not entirely!), what can I do for you today?  Pizza and turkey and cheese sammies are going to be sliding across the serving line today, but if you fancy something else… know what to do.  (Oh yeah, the tuna salad got lonely and swam away with the pimento cheese spread, but I still have plenty of chicken salad.)

Have a stupendous kind of day Folks.  GO CUBS!!!!  Toodles J

Trivia:  Who won the first American Nobel Prize for science in 1907?

**The head of the University of Chicago physics department, Albert Michalson. The University of Chicago has more Nobel Laureates associated with it than any other institution (64). In 1942, the University of Chicago became the site of the world’s first controlled atomic reaction. (Kapowwie!)

Not only is she a shining face and personality for the children, but she also takes care of the staff. We can’t say enough how much we appreciate her.

The following happened yesterday:

Lisa sent out an email saying that she had a batch of scrambled eggs with bacon, and that if teachers wanted some all they had to do was walk to the cafe and get some. Well, in my role, I serve two buildings, and that happened to be a day where I was at my other building. I playfully emailed back, “WHAAAAATTTT?!?!?!? I’d be all over that if I was there today.”

I went about my business at my other building. About 20 or 30 minutes later, guess who I see coming up to the building? ? ? That’s right….LISA GARRETT! In her hands are two bags, each with a helping of delicious eggs and a cup of fruit. Hand delivered. I was speechless. Absolutely speechless.

The positivity that she brings to our school culture could never be accurately expressed with words. She doesn’t do any of these things for recognition, but she more than deserves some!