Michael McLaughlin, Food Service Manager
North County High School
As many of you may know, October 10 – 14 is National School Lunch Week. Created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, National School Lunch Week is a weeklong celebration of the school lunch program. This year the theme is “Show Your Spirit,” reminding parents, students, and school officials that a healthy school lunch helps students power through the day. And today, the Board is asking everyone to “Show Their Spirit,” for our employee of the month, North County High School’s Food Service Manager, Michael McLaughlin!
Mr. McLaughlin is an innovator and a problem solver when it comes to completing his job related tasks. He is known for all of his work the past several years embracing the initiative of providing breakfast in classrooms for all students, and helping the school participate in the School Breakfast Challenge. Not only does he ensure that breakfast is provided to the morning CAT North students, he can be seen in the bus lot with breakfast on hand for those students. He has provided a wonderful “Taste of North County” at Freshman Orientation Night, showcasing the healthy meal options for parents to observe.
Michael is dedicated to the wellness of the entire school community. From ensuring the CAT North bus drivers receive breakfast, to helping custodians with shoveling snow off sidewalks, all would agree that he goes above and beyond in his job responsibilities. He’s even participated in the school’s Homecoming parade by escorting the Superintendent and North County’s principal in his convertible! Mr. McLaughlin is always a positive presence at North County High, with his personable demeanor, and friendly way of addressing staff and students by name. He ensures that staff are welcomed each morning to fresh fruit in the mail room and the front office always has a tray of healthy breakfast items available.
Michael is a trouble shooter. Two hour delay? Testing causes classroom relocations? No problem………..he has a seamless plan in place for students to receive breakfast. Whether staffers need last minute lunches for field trips or it’s overwhelming hot in the cafeteria, Michael always remains calm and professional. When students become frustrated in line because they thought they were to receive free lunch, he works to de-escalate the situation and he helps the student understand the process for receiving free and reduced meals.
Michael McLaughlin - you truly embody the spirit of North County High School. Healthy students make successful students and the role you play at your school is a critical one. So on behalf of the Board of Education, the students, teachers and staff of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, congratulations on being recognized Educator of the Month for October 2016!