Surprised Russo named Viera High's Employee of the Year


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Viera High School custodian Enzo Russo has been named the school's Employee of the Year.

CARL KOTALA

Enzo Russo didn’t know he was up for Viera High School’s Employee of the Year award until people started telling him they were voting for him.

He was even more surprised when he won.

“I have no words,” the 36-year-old custodian said. “I would have never expected it in a million years.”

Russo has worked at Viera for five years, starting off in the cafeteria as a server before eventually becoming a cashier. He has worked as a custodian for the past two years and became certified this past summer.

“In each area, I’ve been learning,” he said. “I’ve been (getting to know) the teachers. I help out and do what I can to make them happy.

“You just want to make sure that everything is clean. My work ethic shows the way that I am.”

It’s that dedication, like stopping to pick up a piece of paper off the ground while walking out to be interviewed, that has helped make Russo stand out on Viera’s campus.

“He has won the respect and admiration of our staff due to his positive attitude, strong work ethic and enthusiasm,” Viera High principal Sarah Robinson wrote in an email.

“Mr. Russo is someone that connects with students, staff and the community. His efforts ensure that our school is a safe, clean, productive learning environment and we are so proud to have him represent Viera High School as our Employee of the Year.”

Russo was born in Sicily, grew up in Rochester, N.Y. and moved to Florida six years ago.

“You want to make everybody happy,” Russo said. “You want to give them quality, what they expect. They don’t want something that’s going to be unknown to them.

“I’m going to try to do the best that I can in order for them to be happy. If they’re happy, it makes me happy.”