Serving in a pandemic, this custodial supervisor for DeSoto High School helps keep students safe

Written by Tyler Carter Tyler Carter
Published: 09 December 2020 09 December 2020

DeSoto, TX - Every person in a school district plays a role in helping students succeed.  DeSoto ISD’s cleaning and custodial services department named Jackqueline Dillon, DeSoto High School’s morning custodial supervisor, its 2020 employee of the year for her work making sure students feel secure.

A news release from the school district cited Dillon’s work ethic, positive attitude and willingness to serve the district in the pandemic for the award.


DeSoto High School’s morning custodial supervisor, Jackqueline Dillon, is the 2020 Employee of the year for DeSoto SSC Services for Education.(DeSoto ISD)

“My goal is to just keep everyone here safe and comfortable in their environment,” Dillon said in the news release. “It is a feeling of accomplishment when the daily routine is done, the school is clean, everything is taken care of and everyone is happy, that is a good day for me.”

Custodial director Larry Boykin said Dillon had intangible qualities that made her the right person for the award.

“As a first responder, she puts the health of the staff and students before her own,” Boykin said in the news release. “Mrs. Dillon always has a smile and is willing to help anyone regardless of her job duties. She has worked every day during the pandemic leading her team with a positive attitude.”

Dillon oversees custodial employees across the entire DeSoto High School campus, including the athletic facilities, and began working for the district as a campus team leader in 2019. Soon after, she was promoted to campus supervisor.

Dillon received a certificate and a gift card along with the honor.

Source: Dallas Morning News