Your vote counts on a red, white and blue stamp

There’s less than one week left to cast a vote in the 2020 Custodian of the Year contest hosted by Cintas Corporation.

Only 10 finalists remain in the contest, which closes its voting process Friday at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Vote can be cast at

“While many schools have shifted to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, custodians are still working hard to disinfect classrooms, cafeterias, hallways, and other high-touch surfaces,” says Sean Mulcahey, marketing manager, Cintas. “Now, more than ever, it’s important to honor these men and women who are going above and beyond to ensure students and staff return to a clean, school environment."

The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize along with $5,000 in products and services for his or her school from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products. The winner’s school will also receive a comprehensive training and development package from ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, valued at $20,000. A cash prize of $1,000 each and free tuition to one ISSA Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) training event, valued at $1,500, will be awarded to the remaining nine finalists. 

The top 10 finalists in the 2020 Custodian of the Year contest include:

Howell Beasley, Albertville Kindergarten and Pre-K, Albertville, Alabama.

Tarelle Campbell, Beverly Hills STEM Elementary, Concord, North Carolina.

Bron Clayton, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas

Gregory Fisher, Barack Obama Charter Schools, Los Angeles

Niyaz Gasanov, Gateway Science Academy St. Louis Middle & High School, St. Louis

Cindy Hain, Pennwood Middle School, Yardley, Pennsylvania 

Dossie Langford, West Elementary School, Wamego, Kansas

Wallace Manns, Desert Christian Academy, Bermuda Dunes, California

Elia Ramirez, North Verdemont Elementary School, San Bernardino, California


Benjamin Zimmerman, De Pere High School, De Pere, Wisconsin