Career Story: Elementary School Lunch Coordinator

Elementary School Lunch Coordinator

Job Title: Elementary School Lunch Coordinator

Type of Company: I work for a school district in suburb of Boston.

Education: AS, Accounting, Aquinas Junior College

Previous Experience: I started as a staff administrator for a large insurance company before moving into an upper management position.

Job Tasks: A typical day starts at 8AM when the elementary students come down to my area looking for breakfast. I have an assortment of foods: cereal, bagels, fruit, juice and milk. After they have finished and headed to class, my real day begins. I head into my office where I process lunch orders for elementary schools throughout the town. We work a week ahead in order to organize and order the right amount of food for each elementary school, of which there are 5 in this town. I am also involved in doing different types of government reports. These reports involve looking at absences for each day for each class for each school. Whether a child is on the Free Lunch program, the Reduced Lunch program or pays for lunch himself, all these numbers must be calculated each day and reports submitted to the state for reimbursement. I am also involved in the collecting and counting of money for each student and his/her account with the food service company I work for. All money is counted, put into the computer and every other day we make a bank deposit. My job is fun, not very stressful, and I have weekends and summertime off.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of my job are seeing all the little elementary children and watching them grow and change from year to year. It reminds me of my own children when they were younger and I think it helps to keep me young too. The worst part of my job is the pay: I don't get paid enough.

Job Tips: I think this is a good job for a mother whose kids are in elementary school. You are off when they are off, all snow days, holidays and summers. I would, however, have other skills for later on since the job doesn't pay very well. This job makes you appreciate what your teachers do/did for you in school.

Additional Thoughts: If I could change one thing about the way I approached my career it would be finishing college. I only went for 2 years, figuring I would finish "eventually". Eventually never came. Go to school and absorb as much as you can. I think being a people person really helps in any job. If you are able to talk to people comfortably, then you feel comfortable and are able to show a more confident YOU. Being more confident, you do a better job.

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