November 2023 Award of Excellence Winner

Norfolk Public Schools is pleased to announce that Gary Obermire, Custodian, Bel Air Elementary School, is the winner of the NPS Award for Excellence for November 2023.

Thank you, Gary Obermire, for your dedication, hard work, and service to our students, staff, and the NPS community!

Listed below are excerpts from some of the submitted narratives of Mr. Obermire's nomination:

  • What does it mean to "be outstanding"? Spend a few moments in the presence of Mr. Obermire and you will see exactly what it means! Mr. O consistently shows his steady grace, commitment, and initiative. He goes above and beyond for the students, staff and school. He enhances the school environment by working positively with everyone at the school. Not only do the staff love him, but the students do too. Mr. O is top-notch and we are so very fortunate to have him at our school!
  • Gary has done an absolutely phenomenal job since starting at Bel Air. He is always so hard working, kind to students, and so organized. He is our head custodian and he wears many hats but he never lets it show if he's feeling stressed or overwhelmed. He had a lot to do over the summer with the new construction for the building and he managed it all with grace. Our building looks outstanding and he worked so hard to get it in tip-top shape for our open house.
  • Mr. Obermire goes above and beyond for Bel Air Elementary! With all the construction happening the past two years, he has taken on so much more than his everyday duties. He is ALWAYS friendly, positive, and willing to help out in any way he can. Gary is such a hard working, driven, dedicated, patient, and talented guy. Everyone in our building notices these fantastic quality traits that he possesses and we want to share his hard work with NPS and our community!

Gary officially received his award at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, November 13, 2023.  Please congratulate Gary on this well-deserved award!