Each month, the Office of Institutional Advancement will feature a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso faculty or staff member who exemplifies the vision and mission of our institution. Their journeys to becoming TTUHSC El Paso employees are unique and work experiences vary, but all have a passion to improve the lives of the people in our community.
This month’s employee is Imelda Ibarra, senior lead custodian in Building Maintenance and Operations.
First-day jitters wake Imelda Ibarra, senior lead custodian in Building Maintenance and Operations, every morning before she arrives at work at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s Medical Education Building.
“Every day is the first day for me,” Ibarra said. “I want to make a good impression on my coworkers and I want students to have the best experience while attending school here.”
Getting caught up in the day-to-day aspects of life, it is easy to forget to pause, self-reflect and look at the bigger picture. As a longtime TTUHSC El Paso employee, Ibarra has led her personal and work life through a journey of self-reflection.
“When I started this position 24 years ago, I had no experience cleaning. During my time at TTUHSC El Paso, I’ve not only learned how to clean, but how to teach and be a ‘madrina’ (godmother) to students,” she said.
Her demeanor radiates kindness to staff and students – this kindness pushes Ibarra to lend her support and knowledge freely. Students can often be seen searching for Ibarra prior to a big exam in hopes of receiving a blessing. In the past, she has sacrificed a year’s worth of work breaks to tutor a medical student in Spanish.
Her guidance is a reassuring force at TTUHSC El Paso, a token of good luck for all that encounter her.
TTUHSC El Paso employees are the institution’s most valuable resource. Contact Katherine Vandertulip at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest candidates for future Faculty and Staff Highlights.