A Conversation with … Teena Lorenz
This year marks 10 years that Teena Lorenz of Granby has served as head custodian at the East Grand Middle School, equating to more than 1,000 times she has cleaned the school lunch area after 300-plus students have devoured sandwiches and snacks before bounding off to recess. Thats a lot of crumbs swept along the way by this one daytime janitor.Keeping the school sanitized and safe are her primary focuses but, she said, she really loves kids.Are middle-school kids messy?They tend to be very messy. But I like this age group. They are very impressionable, innocent and fun. From your perspective, are the students today different from the same-aged students a decade ago?They dont seem to have the same innocence as they used to. I think they have to try and mature a little faster these days to keep up with the changing world and technology. What do you like about your job?I like the people here, the kids and staff are really nice. I get to see the kids every day. Im always out there, always visible. I get (students) when theyre in trouble when they get to help me clean up. Whats the worst mess youve ever had to clean up?After one of the high school dances.How long did you work at the high school?I started in 1998 at the high school as the evening custodian. I was at that school for three years then transferred to the middle school to work a day shift.Have you ever had to clean up after a food fight?Oh yes Thats when I get the kids involved to help clean it up.Tell me more about your work.Im responsible for building maintenance, upkeep and making sure that everything is ready for lunch. Im also responsible for security. Big buildings dont bother me. You get used to the noises and know when something is not right. Its a very busy job, keeping up with everything that needs to be done and the schedules are always changing, like now, with CSAP testing going on, the schedule is totally different. A lot of people think we only work during the school year when in fact we work year-round. What capacity do you fill during summer?Redoing floors, painting, cleaning up everything real well.Do you have Fridays off too?We work five days a week during the school year. We use Fridays to do cleaning and maintenance that we cant do while school is in session. My shift during the week is 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.How do you get up that early?Im usually up by 4 a.m. Im just used to it; Ive seen a lot of sunrises.Where are you from?I was born in Kremmling and raised in Granby.Who is your family?David Lorenz is my husband and we have two girls, ages 31 and 28. We also have four grandchildren (two boys and two girls). My dad, Jim Sneddon, passed away last year. He worked at North Park Transportation Co., the trucking company near what was Mega-Matt. We had a family business until 1984 called G&H Equipment Co., and my mom, Julie Sneddon, worked at SilverCreek as the head housekeeper for 13-14 years. My brother Chris lives in Hot Sulphur Springs.What was it like growing up here?It was nice; there werent a lot of people here and I had horses and could ride them all over town. I now live right next door to where I grew up.Has Granby changed a lot from when you were a kid?A lot! Where the ballpark is now used to be a sledding hill. The north side of Garnet Avenue used to be fields. There never used to be houses there, and Christianson Avenue only had one house. And when you looked south, there used to be nothing there. I went to junior and senior high at the old charter school building that was torn down.Do you still like living here?I do, I just like the small-town atmosphere.
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