by Ali Durkin and Jillian Risavi
As former library aide Bill Cotterill checks out, new library aide Julie Burgwin will check in. Jamesville-DeWitt High School is excited to welcome Mrs. Burgwin to the J-DHS staff.
Mrs. Burgwin has experience in the Jamesville-DeWitt school district as she previously worked at Moses Elementary for 10 years. In 2006, she became a teacher’s aide, specializing in special education, and has enjoyed working with students ever since. Mrs. Burgwin enjoys getting to know her students and being able to watch them grow and develop over time. She decided that she needed a change in opportunity, so she thought the high school would be the perfect outlet. “The age difference between the kids in the elementary and the high school is probably the biggest difference; they are much more mature in the high school,” said Mrs. Burgwin. She enjoys being able to hold mature conversations with and around students.
Mrs. Burgin's first day of her new job in the library was on Feb. 22. J-DHS librarian Mary Panek believes that so far, Mrs. Burgwin is adjusting really well to her new job. “She has been picking up on the everyday tasks and she is bringing a fresh set of eyes to things that we have been doing for a while, which is great,” said Mrs. Panek. Principal Paul Gasparini said that he was happy to hire Mrs. Burgwin, as she “has been committed to the J-D community for a very long time.”
While Mrs. Burgwin provides a lot of great suggestions to the library, she also has many daily responsibilities. Mrs. Burgwin is in charge of checking out books, notifying students of their overdue books, and over looking studyhalls. “There is a lot of behind the scenes work that's done (by Mrs. Burgwin) that most students aren’t aware of,” says Mrs. Panek.
Outside of school, Mrs. Burgwin enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, as she and her husband have been married for over 30 years. She also enjoys walking her beloved dogs and reading in her spare time. Her three daughters graduated from J-DHS, so she is familiar with the district.
“I’m very excited to be here,” said Mrs Burgwin, “from what I can tell, this school is a great place to work with a lot of good kids.”