INFLUENCER OF THE WEEK: Deputy Steven’s Bertrand, Hamlin Elementary

Deputy Bertrand has been the school resource officer at Hamlin for two years and an SRO and Orange County deputy with Orange County Public Schools since 2016.

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Steven’s Bertrand is the school resource officer at Hamlin Elementary School through the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. His job duties are to ensure the safety of visitors, teachers, staff, parents and, most importantly, the children, while on school campus; to interact with all on campus; and to teach kids about the importance of law enforcement.

“Deputy Bertrand is an integral part of the Hamlin Elementary team,” Principal Angela Murphy-Osborne said. “His title might be school resource officer, but he does so much more. Besides keeping all our students and staff safe, Deputy Bertrand can be found helping with the car line during arrival and dismissal. He helps in the cafeteria every day, from helping distribute food to monitoring student behavior. He also helps to mentor students and is a positive role model for all the children at our school. Deputy Bertrand comes to work every day with a positive attitude and is always ready to greet our students with a smile. We are lucky to have such a trustworthy and dedicated resource officer at our Hamlin!”

What brought you to your school?

I always wanted to work at an elementary school to make a difference with the young children I may come across. Being this was a new school, it was the perfect opportunity to go there and start that journey of being an impactful and positive role model for them.

What do you love most about your school?

The things I love most about my school is the staff, principals, parents and, most importantly, the children’s interaction I have on a daily basis that created this school to be a family, fun, educational-friendly environment for all.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to interact with everyone that steps foot on my campus. Ensuring the staff, visitors and children that safety is my No. 1 priority.

What would you be if you weren’t in this profession?

I’m not sure what would I be if I wasn’t in this profession because I’ve always wanted to be in law enforcement. I would have done whatever it takes to be part of this great profession.

Who influences you?

Everyone influences me. Especially my faith in God knowing whatever I do, He will guide me and be there with me in spirit.

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

The SAFE coordinator, Charlie Grace, from Evans High School. He was always a positive role model for me and always guided me through the tough times during my time in high school.

What is your favorite children’s book and why?

I loved any books dealing with some sort of teamwork involved. I’ve always believed teamwork can get you far ahead in life.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I love to do weightlifting and play basketball

If you could dine with any famous person, past or present, who would it be and why?

Not sure, because I’m really not a diner.

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

Being able to stop danger before it actually happens. Having the capabilities of doing that would definitely ensure a safe living environment for all.

If you could only listen to three bands or artists, who would they be and why?

Anything Gospel.

What was your go-to lunch and favorite snack as an elementary student?

Chicken tenders or pizza. For snacks, Honey Buns.

What is your favorite holiday and why?

Christmas. Being able to see the joy on people faces after gifting them is very rewarding.

Who was your best friend when you were in school and why? Are you still in touch?

Emmanuel Joseph and Mizell Hart. They were always loyal and always were there when needed. Yes, I am still in touch with them.

What were your extracurricular activities as a student? Did you win any accolades or honors?

At Evans High School, I was in Peer Mediation for all four years I attended there. I was named SAFE Student of the Year at Evans High.



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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