Influencer of the Week: Jason Morrison of Summerlake Elementary

Morrison has successfully led the school's custodial team.

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Jason Morrison leads the custodial department at Summerlake Elementary School and is an amazing crew leader, said Delaine Bender, the school principal. He and his crew were recognized recently on Custodian Appreciation Day for their hard work around the campus.

“Jason is an experienced crew leader, and that came in very handy,” Bender said. “As you can imagine, there is a lot that goes into opening a new school, and Jason did not skip a beat. He began working right away, organizing and sanitizing the school. He worked long hours in order to get the school ready to welcome students face to face. 

“Jason goes above and beyond and performs his responsibilities with a smile and professionalism,” she said. “He is a joy to work with and has excellent customer service skills. Summerlake is very blessed to work with an individual that supports the district vision and mission.”


What brought you to your school?

There is more than one thing that brought me to this school. Just to name a few: It is closer to home, and it is a new school, therefore, it gives me the opportunity to maintain the cleanliness of the property.


What do you love most about your school?

What I love most about my school is that it is new. The staff is an awesome group to work with!


What is your motivation?

My family is my biggest motivation, but the children and staff also play a big role in motivating me and my crew.


What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job — especially in this most difficult time — is to know that at the end of the week no children or staff got sick from the coronavirus.


What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I like to exercise and listen to music.


Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school? Why?

My favorite teacher was Miss Davis because she always took the time out to explain things I did not understand.


When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

I always wanted to be a police officer because I would love to serve my community and help to keep it safe.


What is your favorite children’s book and why?

One of my favorite child books is “Little Red Riding Hood.” I like it because the girl learned her lesson from been disobedient.


What are your hobbies?

Some of my hobbies are playing music and soccer.


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

If I could have any superpower, it would be to heal people because I don't like to see people being sick.


If you could only listen to three bands or artists for the rest of your life, who would they be and why?

Three bands or artists I would listen to are Israel & New Breed, Bob Marley, and Michael Jackson.


How long have you been at your school and with OCPS? 

I have been with this school for about two months now, but I had begun this journey with Orange County Public Schools in January 2017.



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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