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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 8 months ago

Influencer of the Week: Bart Coleman, Thornebrooke Elementary School

Bart was named Barracuda of the Month in recognition of his contributions as a member of the custodial staff.
by: Jim Carchidi Former Associate Editor

Bart Coleman has been a member of the Thornebrooke Elementary School custodial staff for three years. He was named Barracuda of the Month in recognition of his dedication and contributions. “During the summer he worked alongside our custodial staff to ensure the school was cleaned and ready for our students,” Principal Korey Bawden said. “He always has a positive attitude and is willing to help wherever he can.

What are your responsibilities at your school?

My responsibilities are to keep the school clean and safe for everybody.

What do you love most about your job?

What I love about my job the most is being around the kids, because they are the future. If I could put a smile on the future’s faces, it makes my day.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

The most rewarding part is the appreciation from my peers around the school. They are always around me and remind of what a good job I am doing, and they are very supportive.

What is your hobby?

My hobby is creating music. I usually make hip hop and R&B music, and I play guitar. I have been making music since I was 15 years old.

What motivates you?

What motivates me is my family and friends.

Who is your hero, and why?

My hero is God, because He’s always blessing me in a lot of ways.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

My superpower would be to control people’s mind, because if everybody was positive-minded, the world would be a much better place.

What’s your favorite movie and why?

My favorite movie is “Rush Hour,” because it’s very funny and has a strong message behind it. The movie appeals to me because it shows, when you put differences aside, you can get things done.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would move to California, because the weather there is perfect, and I like how fast-paced it is, and the people are open and friendly.

If you could only listen to one band for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?

The Jonas Brothers, because their music is inspirational.


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Jim Carchidi was an associate editor for the West Orange Times & Observer, Southwest Orange Observer and 


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