N. Eugene High employee nominated for Everyday Hero award

N. Eugene High employee nominated for Everyday Hero award
Custodian June Blackwell, who was nominated for an Everyday Hero award from the American Federation of Teachers, talks with students at North Eugene High School.

EUGENE, Ore. -- June Blackwell, a custodian of North Eugene High School, said she was shocked to find out she’d been nominated for an Everyday Heroes award from the American Federation of Teachers.

Ask anyone else at North Eugene and they say its no surprise at all. 

“If I had one word to describe June, it'd be love,” said student Hunter Briggs.

Blackwell has been a custodian for 14 years, spending the last 11 with North Eugene High.

She’s one of five people nationwide to be nominated for the Everyday Heroes in the “Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel" category.  |  See other nominees or vote for Blackwell

Students and staff members alike say cleaning is just the beginning of what she accomplishes in the halls of North Eugene.

“Although she is very modest, students really look up to her and view her as a mentor, as a role model,” said principal Eric Anderson.

Blackwell said the students are what make her job so great and it wouldn't be the same if she couldn't interact with them on a day-to-day basis.