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Six questions with Patti Green, Carrie LaJoie and Debbie Rusin

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Six questions in 60 seconds is the district’s new web series in which we interview Liberty Central School District staff members. First up for the 2015-16 school year is Patti Green, Carrie LaJoie and Debbie Rusin.

Commonly referred to as “the central nervous system of the Liberty Elementary School” Patti, Carrie and Debbie – who can always be found in the school’s main office – were selected because teachers and administrators alike say they are always going beyond above their call of duty.

Every employee plays a role in the vitality and success of the Liberty school community. Throughout the year, “Six questions” features randomly selected employees each week so staff members, parents, students and other community members can develop a more personal connection with the men and women who make this a special place to learn and work.

Patti Green:
Patti has been a secretary for 27 years and has seen many principals, teachers and staff come and go. She says she has always found her job very rewarding and challenging. The best part, she says? No two days are alike.

1. What three traits define you?
Humor, work ethic, willingness to help

2. What is your personal philosophy?
Try your best, never give up and help when you can

3. What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
My two sons. They’ve become productive, hard-working young men with morals and values and are raising their children to be the same.

4. Who are your biggest inspirations?
My mom. She raised four daughters as a single parent and never let them go without or take their lives for granted.

5. What would you tell yourself at elementary school age?
Work hard, try your best and never give up.

6. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
Meatloaf is my favorite entertainer.

Carrie LaJoie
Carrie joined the elementary school six months ago as a typist in the main office, which she refers to as “the hub of the school”. Her responsibilities vary from day to day; she finds that flexibility is kid. She says she her favorite part of her job is interacting with the students each day, because “they are the reason we are all here.”

1. What three traits define you?
Genuine, honest, determined

2. What is your personal philosophy?
It is what it is; I don’t think we should worry about the things we can’t change. We should just accept it and move on.

3. What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
My education. I worked diligently in an Honors Program to earn my Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Then I went to the college of Saint Rose to complete my Bachelor’s in Education and Master’s in Literacy.

4. Who are your biggest inspirations?
My family. My parents taught me to be a thoughtful, hard-working person and my siblings have fostered some friendly rivalry!

5. What would you tell yourself at elementary school age?
Enjoy your childhood, soak up all that the world has to offer and try not to take things so seriously.

6. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I am a huge baseball fan! I go to games, collect memorabilia and love to support my favorite team.


Debbie Rusin
Debbie has been a typist for the district for 16 years. “Everyday is a challenge beause you never know what to expect,” she says. “But I love my job and love interacting with students. They are the best part of my job.”

1. What three traits define you?

Loyal, kind-hearted, fun-loving

2. What is your personal philosophy?
Don’t judge a person until you get to know them. Be open.

3. What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
My three sons. I am so proud of them. They are the best!

4. Who are your biggest inspirations?
My parents.

5. What would you tell yourself at elementary school age?
Pay attention, take everything in and listen.

6. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I love horse racing. I am pretty much an open book.

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