School Surprises Wisconsin Janitor Doc Stadler With Industry Recognition

Doc Stadler, a longtime janitor at Lake Country School in the Village of Hartland, Wisconsin, recently was named a top 10 finalist for Cintas' nationwide Janitor of the Year contest, accounting to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. Stadler, who has worked at the school for the last 34 years made the list out of 3,284 nominations nationwide.

The contest aims to recognize custodians and janitors at elementary, middle, high schools and colleges and universities from across the nation. The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize, and the school will receive $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial products and services.

Stadler was honored by students and staff at a surprise assembly in Lake Country School's gymnasium. He was nominated for his funny demeanor, positive attitude and a constant willingness to help, going above and beyond his daily cleaning duties by building friendships with students and staff, and counseling elementary children through anxiety, bullying, peer pressure and more, according to a Cintas news release.

For example, when a student required daily insulin, Stadler stepped up and took a Red Cross class, becoming the student's mentor in diabetes management and helping with daily injections.

Stadler remembers every student who has walked the halls of the school, and students remember him fondly, often returning years later to thank him for his guidance, support and kindness.

"I love kids. It's fun to be around, to help everybody. (The) staff is really nice. I just enjoy it,” Stadler said.

Voting for the contest began March 19 and will end on April 20. The janitor with the most votes will win. Those interested in voting can do so once a day, every day, until the April 20 deadline.

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