Brainerd High School custodian is an HCS Hero
Posted on 11/12/2020
Photo: Mary Ricketts, the custodian at Brainerd High School.Heroes are not always people who do spectacular deeds but are often everyday individuals who determine to take an opportunity to act and make a difference. Today, we celebrate Mary Ricketts, the custodian at Brainerd High School, for her 32 years of service to the school and 42 years of service to the Brainerd community. She started the first ten years of her career at Brainerd Junior High. Miss Mary, as she is known to most of the faculty and students at Brainerd High, is a special person choosing to make a difference. Hamilton County Schools honored her with an I Am Hamilton shirt and recognized Ricketts as an HCS Hero.

"I don't think of myself as being a hero, so I am very surprise because it is the children who are special," said Ricketts. "We have had a lot of great people come through this school and do very well for themselves, and I am just blessed that I get to be here."

When she is cleaning the cafeteria between groups to eat or cleaning a room after school, she is not just doing a job; Ricketts treats Brainerd High like her home.

“I always looked at my work here as if I were cleaning my home for my children,” Ricketts added. “That is the way I have always cleaned, and that is the way I have always done my job.”

“She is the first face we see every day when we arrive at school, and the day is just not the same if you don’t see her smiling face in the morning,” said Cynthia Lattimore, a teacher in special education at Brainerd High. “I call her Momma Mary because she is just a loving and giving person who is always there for the children.”

“You could not ask for a better person to work at Brainerd,” said Loretta Davis, registrar at Brainerd High. “ She is more than a custodian. She is like everyone’s mother to the staff and the students, and she is just an awesome person. She is always here, no matter what!”

“I just thank God that I can still do it because I am not a spring chicken,” Ricketts said. “I am not going to tell you how many years, but it is over the hill. But hey, I can still keep up with the best.”

Photo: Mary Ricketts, the custodian at Brainerd High School.