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Posted 11/17/22

The Escambia County School District’s Office of Community Involvement is proud to recognize Ms. Rose Thompkins as the Stellar Employee for the Month of November, 2022.


Ms. Rose Thompkins joined McArthur Elementary School as a day custodian.  She has been with the district for 25 years, and in her position at McArthur for one year.   She serves as one of the most essential and integral roles in the school because her work is the first line of defense against germs, and often it is a thankless task.  Custodial workers spend most of their time operating behind the scenes, and they are often overlooked as people walk around them in the halls not always “seeing” them or recognizing how important their work is.  We want to recognize Ms. Thompkins for the amazing job that she does day in and day out for McArthur Elementary School. Since joining the team, she has added a kind, compassionate, and joyful spirit to the school. Ms. Thompkins approaches every task with a smile and willingness that shines through in every little detail. While delivering outstanding service and running a well-maintained building, Ms. Thompkins contributes to the critical first impressions and overall success of the school.  Rose comes in early to make sure the front area of the school is cleaned and ready to welcome students and families, even before teachers begin to arrive, so she is “not in anyone’s way”. She often purchases items on her own to make the office and school smell, feel, and look wonderful. Teachers and staff are constantly commenting about how much cleaner their classrooms are this year since Ms. Thompkins has joined the McArthur family. Her work definitely shines through each and every day.


One example of Ms. Thompkins’s exemplary service is that she will not allow the teachers and students to help wipe down the cafeteria tables. She says they have enough to do and she makes sure that each and every table is wiped down after each lunch rotation, even though this is not her responsibility.  She is constantly going well beyond her duties.  Rose Thompkins has taken the time to know almost everyone on staff at McArthur.  She is kind and encouraging to both staff and students, and takes time to talk with them.  She brings treats for everyone out of the kindness of her heart and never hesitates to check on people after they have had a tough day.


Ms. Thompkins is a one-of-a-kind person, and completely embodies the vision of united for every person to succeed.


Rose Thompkins is stellar because of her excellent work ethic and dedication to the staff and students throughout the Escambia County School District. She contributes to the healthy culture that supports high performing teachers, leaders and staff.  It is for these reasons, and so many others, that she has been selected as our Stellar Employee of the Month of November, 2022.



She will receive a plaque, pin, and a check for $100 from Members First Credit Union.