Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Current Position: Custodial Manager
Year Appointed: 1999
Submitted by David Lake
Raymond Wade was working away in the cafeteria, cleaning up after the students had left. Noticing I was still eating lunch, he came over to say “hi”, as he usually does. He asked, “You like it here, don’t you?” I replied, “Yes, I love it here.”
That’s the way Ray is and that’s the way he sees his role here—as someone in the family who cares very much about the school and its community. He always has something nice to say and always works hard because that’s just what you are supposed to do.
Ray shared that early on in his time here, a fire took away everything that his family owned—clothes and all. The North Cross community rallied around him collecting clothing, household items, and money. He said, “When I got all that and then the check, we were overwhelmed. We couldn’t believe anyone could be this nice to us. This is my family and I love being here.”
Do you notice any changes in our students over the years.
Well, yes I have. I’ve had the pleasure of watching a few students grow from ECP all the way through graduation. I’ve been amazed at their maturity and manners which I attribute to the great teachers here at North Cross.
Is there any special teacher or student you think about?
That would be Mrs. Mary Semler and her two sons. She was the first teacher to welcome me to North Cross. We struck a close bond then and now. I remember one time the hallway floor was really scuffed up, and Mary’s boys helped me clean them up.
Are the students just as tidy as they always have been?
Well, as custodians we expect to have more to do in Ellis Hall. We understand that they are in their learning years, so as they grow and go into the upper divisions we do notice the difference and we greatly appreciate that.
If you could give students any advice, what would it be?
It would be to enjoy your childhood and learn as much as possible, because life as grown men and women comes very fast.