Security Guard Louie Esparza: Classified Employee of the Year
By: Jacob Miranda
Louie Esparza is probably one of the most friendly and recognizable staff members here. He is also one of the best, as he was recently voted in by the rest of the classified staff as “Classified Employee of the Year” for 2021-22. He is usually stationed near the 1000s building, and welcomes anyone to hang out there. Luckily for me, he was also willing to provide some insight on his life, both in and out of school.
Q1: Where did you go to High School and College? What type of degree(s) did you get?
I went to Franklin High School in Highland Park, and then went to Rio Hondo College. Specifically, the Rio Hondo Police Academy, where I got my diploma and my concealed carry permit.
Q2: What did you originally plan to do as a career?
I originally wanted to have a job that works with kids.
Q3: Where have you worked previously?
I’ve worked for companies like Coca-Cola and Naked Juice as private security. I’ve also been hired by celebrities like Kobe and Beyonce as a private bodyguard, and have been hired by Coachella for the past 10 years.
Q4: What do you believe is your favorite part of Glenn?
The students, working with students and giving them a safe environment. My strongest belief is having a bully-free campus and providing a safe area for the students to hang out. I sometimes find kids by themselves, and I tell them that, “You can come hang out in my area, you don’t have to talk to me but just feel safe.” They come and sit around where I’m at, and I just kinda keep an eye on them. Knowing I have a safe environment for the students brings me warmth to my heart.
Q5: What is your average, out-of-school life like? Do you have any pets, children, etc?
I have 2 daughters, 16 and 18. I have 3 pets; I have Lucy, a 12-year-old turtle, who has been with us since she was a baby. She’s a tortoise and she’s huge. And we also have a dog and a cat. I also love the outdoors and like to do hiking.
Q6: If you could give the students one piece of advice (Life, School, etc.), what would you say?
Say no to drugs, and Yes to hugs.
Q7: Any final comments or statements?
Don’t be a fool, stay in school!