This year, Mary Bordley added building representative to her list of responsibilities. “I want to help my co-workers understand theiru2026
I want to help decision-makers understand that just like every other staff member in the building, we’re there because we care about the students and our community.
I never met a person in need that I didn’t want to help. People should be able to count on one another in this world, but I know that these days that’s not always the case.
I love being of service to others and that’s what’s excited me about my new role as the building representative in my school. I’ve been a member of the Queen Anne’s County Education Association for four years, but this year I want to help my co-workers understand their rights.
After my workday at school, I’m off my second job at a local day care center; every other week, I work a third job cleaning houses on the weekends. When I’m not working my third job, I help my mother, who is getting older. It’s the most precious time to me.
I want to help make it possible for building service employees to continue the jobs we love in Queen Anne’s schools without working two or three others to make ends meet. I’m excited to work with my colleagues in building services to give us a stronger presence.
It’s time for us to understand that we have a voice. The importance of a clean and safe school building can’t be understated — we should be recognized for our contribution to our school, students, and staff. I want to help decision-makers understand that just like every other staff member in the building, we’re there because we care about the students and our community.
I have lived and worked on Kent Island all of my life, and I am proud to give a helping hand to my family, my co-workers, and to everyone I meet. I used to think that helping people was no big deal, but I’ve come to realize that it’s who I am and what I do, and it matters.