Kaye Martinez, the assistant librarian at Culbreth Middle School, just began her 36th year in the position.
Over the years, she said she has worked with over 34,000 students and enjoyed watching them grow up.
Martinez said she did not plan on staying in her position for over three decades. But, looking back at her career, she said she could not ask for a better job.
“This is the most enjoying, wonderful job I’ve ever been in,” she said.
Martinez is in charge of handling any checkouts, cataloging and repairs for the library. She also helps fix broken shoes, backpacks and glasses for students.
Outside of helping students find books, Martinez also welcomes them to talk to her about anything they need, promising to keep any non-harmful secrets safe.
“If you give a kid a chance and you respect that child and you listen to a child, that will be the best gift you could ever give them,” she said.
Because of the relationships she has built with students, Martinez said they recognize her long after they have moved on from Culbreth.
To bond with students who do not like reading books, Martinez said she will often tell them that, when she was in junior high, she was not a fan of reading either.