Getting to know your safety advocates!

New wave of Safety Advocates come in for the 2019-2020 school year

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Getting to know your safety advocates!

Safety Advocates take group photo together

Safety Advocates take group photo together

Provided by Andrew Keilty

Safety Advocates take group photo together

Provided by Andrew Keilty

Provided by Andrew Keilty

Safety Advocates take group photo together

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After losing several of the school’s safety advocates within the last school year, there were many spots left needing to be filled. Luckily, the new 2019-2020 safety advocates have been found and hired to start a brand new school year, keeping the halls safe! Here are Danbury High School’s new safety advocates:

Andrew Keilty

Did you have a past profession and if so, what was it/what did you do?  

“When I got hired to be a safety advocate here at the high school, I was just only out of college for a little over a year. After I graduated college, I worked in the security field, but something about working off hours in an empty building with one other person who I barely knew for sixteen hours was simply not for me.”

What made you decide/want to work here at DHS? 

“I graduated from Danbury High School in 2013. I can honestly say that I had a blast being a student athlete here. When the opportunity came that I had a chance to work at my old high school and do something similar to what I studied in college as well as do a similar job to what I was already doing workwise… I was all in.”

What is your favorite thing about DHS so far? 

“Definitely Mr. Golden! […] G [Golden] is a legend, no doubt about it! But besides Mr. Golden… Danbury High is the land of opportunity for students. The amount of clubs, sports, and activities DHS offers students is simply incredible.  When you are a student here, the sky is the limit because of the opportunities Danbury High School gives students.”

What is one thing about DHS that is different from any other school you have worked in or been to?  

“There isn’t a group of teachers or administrators in the State of Connecticut that want to see their students excel in the classroom and in life more than the teachers and administrators here at Danbury High School. “

What is one thing you are still struggling with/adapting to?

“Learning everyone’s name (including staff members).”

(Favorites list)

Artist(s): “Nipsey Hussle, Machine Gun Kelly, Post Malone, DaBaby, and Kevin Gates then I’ll do a 360 and start playing Luke Combs, Brantley Gilbert, FGL, and Kane Brown. The list goes on. Music is amazing.”

Movie: GoodFellas

Food: Italian

 

Robert Nelson

Did you have a past profession and if so, what was it/what did you do?

“Yes, Sergeant Judicial Marshal, State of Connecticut.”

What made you decide/want to work here at DHS?

“I retired from the Judicial Marshal Department in May and I wanted to continue my career of protecting the public.”

What is your favorite thing about DHS so far?

“My favorite thing about DHS are the students that want to excel at school and use their talents to the best of their abilities. The students that are dedicated and take school extremely seriously are why I love my job.”

What is one thing about DHS that is different from any other schools you have

worked in or been to?

 “This is my first position at a school.”

What is one thing you are still struggling with/adapting to?

“I am still adapting the large volume of students.”

(Favorites list)

Movie: The Godfather

Artist: UB40

Color: Blue

Animal: Dog

Food: Lasagna

 

Rob Daubert

Did you have a past profession and if so, what was it/what did you do?

“I just retired as Judicial Marshal. I worked at the Danbury Superior Court House. I worked as a Court Officer. I provided CourtHouse Security.”

What made you decide/want to work here at DHS?

“I thought it would be a fun and exciting career. Working with students is something I always wanted to do.”

What is your favorite thing about DHS so far?

“All the different kids. It’s a big school. Learning my way around.”

What is one thing about DHS that is different from any other schools you have worked in or been to?

“This is my very first school to work at. So far everything has been great.”

What is one thing you are still struggling with/adapting to?

“Learning all the students’ names and where all the classrooms are.”

(Favorites list)

Movie: Rocky 4

Music: Country and Rock

Food(s): Steak, pasta, BBQ, and cheesecake

 

John Pavia

Did you have a past profession and if so, what was it/what did you do?

“Sergeant Judicial Marshal”

What made you decide/want to work here at DHS?

“I retired after 20 years of service.”

What is your favorite thing about DHS so far?

“The staff members are very friendly and the cookies in the school store are delicious.”

What is one thing about DHS that is different from any other schools you have worked in or been to?

“The volume of students”

What is one thing you are still struggling with/adapting to?

“Finding my way around the school and remembering the names of staff members.”

(Favorites list)

Movie: Rocky

Food(s): Steak and lobster

Sport: Football

 

Jim Potenziani

Did you have a past profession and if so, what was it/what did you do?

“Personal trainer and Martial arts instructor.”

What made you decide/want to work here at DHS?

“I worked at an elementary school and I wanted to do something a little more fast paced.”

What is your favorite thing about DHS so far?

“The staff and the students.”

What is one thing about DHS that is different from any other schools you have worked in or been to?

“DHS is a lot larger and diverse.”

What is one thing you are still struggling with/adapting to?

“Remembering all the names.”

(Favorites list)

Movie: Best of the Best

Artist: Armin Van Buuren/Motley Crue

Color: Blue

Animal: Dog

Food: Italian

 

Jennifer M. Medina

Did you have a past profession and if so, what was it/what did you do?

“I graduated as a medical admin, but started working as a CNA which I still am. I am passionate and enjoy helping people.”

What made you decide/want to work here at DHS?

“I grew up here in Danbury, but didn’t get the chance to go to DHS. DHS is a big diverse school, I knew working here would be a great working experience.”

What is your favorite thing about DHS so far?

“Everyone is so nice and respectful here! And how the staff pushes me to do better.”

What is one thing about DHS that is different from any other schools you have worked in or been to?

“The big diversity. The age groups are a bit older than the last schools.”

What is one thing you are still struggling with/adapting to?

“I’m still trying to understand the psychology of the students.”

(Favorites list)

Movie: Forrest Gump

Artist(s): Mac Miller, Post Malone, and Red Hot Chili Peppers

Color(s): Red Wine and Black

Animal(s): Pugs and fish

Food(s): Greek, Italian pastas, and Mexican tacos.”

Extra fun fact: “I also love long road trips and traveling.”

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