Alvin "Mr. Al" Talley, Chief Custodian
Bodkin Elementary School
“Hip-Hip-Horray” is Bodkin’s celebration cheer and this year we shout it out in honor of the man who started this tradition at Bodkin – Mr. Al! Officially, Mr. Al is our chief custodian, but in reality he’s so much more than that. He takes care of every square inch of our building, but also every student, staff, faculty, and community member. Students frequently return from middle school, high school, and college to visit Mr. Al because of the impact he had on them and his sincere care for each person.
Why are we so impressed by Mr. Al? Well, for nearly 40 years he has dedicated himself to AACPS, our students and our schools. He has been the model employee and gentleman at all times throughout these years and he has left his mark on the hearts of students, parents, educators and communities………..especially at Bodkin Elementary.
As the Chief Custodian, Mr. Al truly views Bodkin Elementary as his home and as such he takes care of it as a homeowner would. He fully completes all required duties and plans ahead to make sure that the building shines for students, teachers, parents and guests. During the school day, Mr. Al is the go-to person for a wide range of unique challenges ranging from illnesses that occur in the classroom or other school areas, toilets or sinks that fail to function properly, surprise attacks of ants, bees, spiders, lizards and other critters; strange smells, sounds, (recently a “growling wolf!” – turned out to be the speaker system), and the many requests of 50 teachers, administrators and staff to hang this, move that, consult about where to put these, and brainstorm how to fix everything, and of course…..to get help with climate control, ice, spills, traffic control and many, many other important items! No matter what the “Walkie call” informs him of, Mr. Al responds immediately with a positive attitude and he solves the concern. He is our hero!
Always smiling, Mr. Al is always at the ready to help, mentor, support, or collaborate wherever needed, however needed. He’s an integral part of our weekly Good Citizen’s celebration, and actually of every celebration we have. Beyond his skills in leading the cheering section, Mr. Al actively watches students and celebrates their good actions throughout the week and even has a “Mr. Al” stamp that he offers students for a job well-done. After 21 years at Bodkin and 38 years in AACPS, Mr. Al is looking ahead to his retirement in December and we want to celebrate him for all he has done for us and for who he is! Mr. Al is legendary and we want to make sure everyone knows how proud we are of his extreme professionalism, depth of character, and the far-reaching impact he has had on generations of students in the Pasadena community.
So on behalf of the Board of Education, the teachers, students, and staff at Anne Arundel County Public Schools, congratulations on being recognized Employee of the Month for November 2016!