continued Lawson’s administrative assistant Jackie Hazlett, also praised Bertrand’s character.
“He was just a super guy — outgoing and friendly — and he had great rapport with all the kids,” she said. “Brent was always enthusiastic, encouraging everyone he ran into.”
Hazlett said a swath of paper was pinned onto a wall in the school cafeteria, and students were encouraged to write their thoughts about Bertrand on the mural — titled “Messages to Mister B” throughout the day. Students wrote not only messages but treasured memories, poems, musings, and heartfelt tributes, she said.
She noted that Bertrand often showed up at school before 6 a.m. to begin the day, and was often the last to leave the building —demonstrating remarkable dedication to students.
“He was always willing to go the extra distance for any kid,” she said. “Brent was not only inspiring, but always pleasant and fun.”