“She us our Florence Nightingale and voice of comfort when she tends to our injuries. It’s so great to have the mother of a successful Ensworth gradate continue to be a part of our family each day. I love watching all of the hugs that she receives from grateful students and alums, and she offers peace of mind to all.” -Dr. Ellen Reynolds, Guidance Counselor and Life Dept. Chair- RG
From headaches and scrapes to broken bones and lice, Celestia O’Donnell sees it all! Serving as Red Gables campus nurse as well as one of the “go to” people on campus, Celestia definitely helps keep this place running smoothly. Here is a brief look into her day to day.
A: I would have to say that one of my most favorite aspects would have to be hearing all the cute reasons each little student comes up and ask for ice… I could write a book.
Q: How did you end up at Ensworth?
A: Well, my son was already a current student at Ensworth. I noticed that a position had become available, and that was in 2004! When I saw Mr. Moseley in the hook-up line I said “I want the job…I will do what ever it takes to get it!” So here I am, and I love it!!!
Q: Being so close to the Headmaster’s office, I am sure that you know everything that is going on. Tell us a secret about what it is like back there?
A: Oh goodness, well I of course couldn’t be the one that is responsible for spilling all the information! The only thing I can say is we have a friendly ghost that will occasionally mess up my beds and move things in the office.
Q: I know that you had a son that was in one of the first graduating classes from Ensworth HS, seeing him in college and thinking back, what do you think was the most important thing he gained from Ensworth?
A: I would say that the most obvious things to me that he learned are perseverance and the ability to set and reach goals in the classroom as well as in his own personal life.
Q: As school nurse for the lower school, I am sure that you see a lot of interesting situations, from PE injuries to lice and flu. How do you tell when a student is really sick or is simply trying to get out of one of Kautzman’s math test?
A: Ha it’s all in the drama.. Big tears, wringing their hands, their stomach is in knots. Then I ask what class they are in and if they say Mr K’s, that s when I know if they are really sick or not… For the most part students don’t like missing his class.
Q: Who is someone on the HS campus that you would like to see featured next?
A: Rob Herring