Staff Appreciation Feature: Carlene Marquez-James

It’s Staff Appreciation Week at CPCS! Our Parent Association has planned a number of events to express gratitude to our Teachers and Staff. As a special feature this week, we are celebrating K-5 Principal Administrative Assistant, Carlene Marquez-James. Mrs. James helps to create the sense of family that scholars, parents and guardians, and staff enjoy at CPCS.

Our K-5 office is a busy place. What summarizes your work in a given day?

James: As the Principal’s Assistant I work closely with Principal Griffin, AP Thomas, AP Shepherd, staff, parents and visitors in plannings and meetings. My first priority is making sure the staff and scholars have all the resources and support they need to for learning, to make education interactive and fun. I also help assure parents and guardians that their scholars are in a safe and nurturing environment. 

I am very family oriented which makes it a pleasure coming to work everyday at CPCS because here at CPCS we are a family!
K-5 Principal Administrative Assistant, Mrs. James

K-5 Principal Administrative Assistant, Mrs. James

What is the best part about working at CPCS?

James: The best part of working at CPCS is seeing the scholars happy and knowing they are part of a family at school. Staff make comments like, "I love working here;" "The admin team is always here for us;" "We feel supported." About one month ago one of my parents said, "Mrs. James you are my hero. Thank you for taking care of my kids and giving me a sense of security." I am very family oriented which makes it a pleasure coming to work everyday at CPCS because here at CPCS we are a family!

Who are your major positive influencers in your life and why?

James: My biggest influencers are my eldest son Ricardo and my boss Ms. Griffin. They are always pushing me to continue my education, using all my potential and experience to the fullest.