For some members of our community, the work day starts long before sunrise. Making sure classrooms and buildings are ready for the day, members of the housekeeping team arrive on campus before 5:00 am and quietly make sure Proctor’s campus sparkles for all of us whose work days start a few hours later.
Proctor's Housekeeping Team - Cindy LaValley second from the left.
Assistant Director of Housekeeping Cindy LaValley notes, “My typical day starts at 5am, I clean a couple classroom buildings (lower Shirley Hall and Slocumb Hall). I also clean the Proctor Ski Area (in the winter), the Community House, Peabody Dorm and Summerfield Dorm. I actually enjoy working early because it has given me time in the afternoon if my kids had activities and such.”
For Cindy, there are certainly some times of the year working in the office alongside Director of Housekeeping Diane Benson, researching purchases, organizing signage for Gordon Research Conferences summer arrival and dorms during the school year. Cindy notes, “I’ve inadvertently become the unofficial vacuum repair person. Is it a hobby if you don't really love it?”
A member of the Proctor community for 19 years, Cindy has worked throughout all of Proctor’s campus, but her perspective shifted greatly this year as her daughter, Elle ‘26, joined the community alongside her. “Up until now, I hadn't had an opportunity to see what happened on campus after I punched out for the day. I am most amazed with the incredible support Proctor’s faculty provides our students. Being a single parent, I can't express how grateful I am for the time and care that has gone into making Elle feel supported. The beginning of the year was tough adjusting to a new school, and people went out of their way to help make sure she was cared for and supported in every way.”
When asked what keeps her motivated and working hard at Proctor, Cindy reflects, “My biggest joy at Proctor is definitely my co-workers. They bring me the greatest joy. I love the community feel here and really enjoy coming to see them every day.” When she is not working at Proctor, Cindy enjoys planting and harvesting her own seeds, planning flower beds (for whomever will let her dig up their yard), and making summer hanging baskets. She and Elle also love to travel, specifically to Oregon where her sister’s family and her dad live.”
If you see Cindy around campus, be sure to stop and say hi and thank her for her work!