“It’s, 'What can I do today?'”
Michele Legault is one of the smiling faces you’ll see first upon entering William H. Barton Intermediate School. She's also a familiar face to many Queensbury students and families, and not just because her own children attended Queensbury schools. Legault has been a permanent employee of Queensbury Union Free School District since 2012 and previously spent seven years in various substitute positions around the district.
“I’ve been here for a while so I know a lot of people. WHBI is like a home. It’s a great group of people,” she said.
What brings her to work day after day, year after year? “The kids,” she said smiling. “It’s absolutely the kids. I love them to pieces. That’s why we’re here, it’s because of the kids.”
Legault has worn many hats throughout her career in Queensbury. Most recently, she is a school secretary and a "minute mentor" at WHBI. She also supports the Queensbury Summer Academy and the free and reduced-price meals program.
Of her mentoring experience, she said, “I had a student while she was in this building for two years. She’s moved onto the middle school now, but I just like watching her grow and become a lady. It’s just heartwarming to know that I could make a difference in her life.”
With her can-do attitude, Legault’s duties, both in and out of the office, keep her on her toes. “You never know who is going to come into the office, who is going to need a bus pass or ask, ‘Can I call home?' And I ask, ‘Can I help you with that?'”
Legault's sons graduated from Queensbury High School last year. They were very involved, and she encourages others to do the same.
“Be as involved as you possibly can be with anything, not just sports, just in everything,” said Legault, who also offered some general words of advice. “Be nice to one another. You never know what’s going on with anyone else. Just be nice on a daily basis.”