Beth Gilchrist, secretary at Craig Middle School, sits at the front desk during lunch. Gilchrist started volunteering at the middle school and eventually applied to the open secretary position.

Photo by Mary Austin

Beth Gilchrist, secretary at Craig Middle School, sits at the front desk during lunch. Gilchrist started volunteering at the middle school and eventually applied to the open secretary position.

Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Beth Gilchrist, secretary at Craig Middle School

Hometown: Craig, CO

Job title: “Secretary, aka mother of the middle school”

How did you get started in your job: “I started volunteering as a parent volunteer and did that. We actually lived in Montrose for 3 years; I did it there for three years. I came here and volunteered and the position came open and I applied.”

How long have you worked for the middle school: 15 years

Motto or outlook on life: “With good humor all things are possible.”

Favorite thing about life in Northwest Colorado: “Everything. I like lots of things. I like our wide open spaces. I like it all.”

Least favorite thing: “I don’t like to be cold.”

Favorite local restaurant: “I would have to say I like going to Vallartas”

Improvement you’d like to see in Craig: “I would probably be pleased to see a rec center.”

Favorite song or musician: “I like folk music.”

Pet peeve: “Mean people.”

Most embarrassing moment: “I’ve lost being worried about embarrassed years ago when I started working at a middle school.”

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