Bob Berumez is hard to miss in his bright green shirt, which is exactly the point. Berumez supervises the Waterloo School District's Campus Safety Monitors. Berumez and nine others monitor make sure students get to class on time and are following the dress code.
"Our presence in the building helps the kids understand we're there to help them. We're just here to guide them to where they need to be," said Bob Berumez.
The Waterloo native said his main job is to make sure the students spend their where they're supposed to be, in class for an education.
"Reassure them they have the capability of getting the grades if they get to class on time," said Berumez.
While students are in class, Berumez and the other monitors continue to check the halls.
"Making sure the school is secure," he said.
Recently, Berumez has spent more time at West High School. But also spends a lot of time at East High School, working closely with principal Marla Padget.
"I think Bob is great because of the relationship he builds with the kids. He sets a tone and a climate in the building which is important for student achievement. When kids feels safe and parents feel kids are safe, then achievement goes up," said Marla Padget.
Bob Berumez the keys to being a successful campus safety monitor are consistency and high expectations.
'If we stay persistent, if we stay visible, they figure it out," said Berumez.
He said the best part of his job is seeing students succeed.
"That's the biggest thrill for me. To see these kids that doubted themselves to say, you can do it. That's what keeps me coming everyday," he said.
Berumez hopes the students he's there to do more than monitor the halls, he's there to help. He hopes the personal responsibility he instills at school will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
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