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An Unsung Hero: Mrs. Bellefeuille

Addison Camossi, A&E Editor

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Have you ever wondered who gets here before 6 am, takes phone calls from parents, finds teachers substitutes, schedules all of the appointments for the principal, helps with graduation and still manages to greet everyone with a smile? Marcia Bellefeuille is our principal’s secretary, and has been working at the high school for 31 years. She works from 5:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and many people underestimate all that she does for the school.

Whenever a teacher is out,  Mrs. Bellefeuille has to find coverage. “I love doing what I do. I never have a problem with the teachers, they are great,” she said. It can be difficult when there is no one available to cover for a teacher, but as students know, they always have a sub, so we can thank her for her effort to find someone to cover.

Mrs. Bellefeuille grew up in West Side, but moved to Agawam when she was eight and attended Agawam High School. After graduating, she worked as a secretary for a trucking company for 17 years before coming to work at WSHS.

“It was good while it lasted, but then I applied here and they hired me. I’m not one to switch jobs but I’m glad I did,” she recalled. When working for the trucking company she knew it wasn’t what she wanted to do and when she got hired here, she made the switch. She went from answering calls and doing orders to a busy school environment where her day were spent working to help parents, students, teachers and administrators.

Mrs. Bellefeuille has had a wide variety of different job assignments. “I was the attendance clerk, then supplies and book keeping, and now I’m the principal’s secretary. I did it all.” Her job really has changed over the years and when she came to the new school it changed even more. Welcoming new technology into the school and getting used to the new layout of the building was challenging.

Although her job here has changed a lot, her main priority has not. Mrs Bellefeuille works to put the kids first. She is here for the kids not just because it is her job but she likes to. She also likes working closely with the principal.

“I love working for Dr. Perrone, he’s awesome. He reminds me of Mr. Delise (a past principal).” She loves her job working for students because she is a people person and loves meeting and working with students and interns.

“All of the interns are great.” While working when she has interns she says it really helps because she purposely won’t pick up the phone and she can continue working. Dr. Perrone relies on her to help do his job.  “In the Wizard of Oz, Marcia is the little wizard. She does a lot of things for the school but doesn’t like to be in the light for it. She keeps my calendar, she makes sure the people that need access get access, and she finds appropriate times for me to meet with people,” said Dr. Perrone. Mrs Bellefeuille’s experiences make her a very valuable person to work with and she has been a supporting force behind many principals. Her colleagues agree she is amazing, diligent, and dedicated to the school.

A bittersweet moment for Mrs. Bellefeuille comes annually while working on graduation.  “I help set it up and it’s great to see what you guys work so hard for. When kids and interns leave, I hate it!” When the school is over, she is the superviser at the box office at the Civic Center, in Springfield. Her second job is selling tickets in the box office. For the long time she has been here, even though most people wouldn’t realise what she has done for us, the whole school appreciates what she does, and she loves her job which is something we are grateful for.

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