Staff Spotlight: Patrice Rabilal-Assistant Custodial Supervisor at Northwest High School

“Patrice is an inspiring presence and positive impact on our school. Her warm greetings, infectious dancing and unwavering support for our spirit squads and Northwest make her a deserving candidate. Patrice's dedication and desire to inspire our students and staff have greatly contributed to our school culture.” — Principal Cedric Cooper, Northwest High School 

How long have you worked for LPS?
Since March 2018. 

What inspired you to become part of the education field at LPS?
I was working two jobs, and I loved them but I always had to come home and clean my house. Cleaning is a way for me to process and plan my day and life. One day, I was like, “I could get a part-time job cleaning.” I got a full-time position instead. I started to look into advancement in the custodial area because I enjoyed working with the students and had great pride in how my school was looking. I applied myself, earned and worked my way up until I had one passionbeing an amazing asset to the custodial team.

What has been your favorite part of working here? What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?
Seeing the inner workings of a high school is complicated with a lot of moving pieces, people and programs. It's challenging and stressful at times, but it motivates me to push myself to properly process, plan and manage situations so that I can be more productive and supportive in Northwest’s success. The fact that the student scholars are the sole reason we all come to work every day and our collective focus on them brings us together because we share the same purpose.

Did you attend LPS as a student? If so, which school(s)? If not, where are you from?
I’m an NYC transplant. I went to school in Queens, N.Y.

What path did you take after completing your formal education?
I was a mail carrier for seven years and then 16 years as a local truck driver in N.Y.

What do you enjoy most about the Lincoln community?
It’s really nice being a part of a community with a diverse background working together to mentor our future.

What is your favorite childhood book or a book that has influenced you positively?
“Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.” by Judy Bloom. It was so relatable for me. It just opened my eyes to the fact that girls are invincible. 

Share a shout out to a former teacher who impacted your life.
Mrs. Mensoff was my third-grade teacher, and she was a great inspiration in my love of reading.

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Published: September 28, 2023, Updated: January 10, 2024

Patrice Rabilal—Assistant Custodial Supervisor at Northwest High School