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Know The District


We might be a little biased, but we think the people who work for the School District of Janesville are more than a  little AMAZING! And once you get to meet them, we think that you'll agree!

But SDJ has nearly 1,500 employees -- so getting to know each one would be just short of impossible.

In an effort to get you started, we present this story series titled "Know the District." Included here is a collection of question-and-answer profiles that feature SDJ staff members at facilities throughout the district. These include teachers, social workers, principals, paraprofessionals, counselors, directors, food service workers, IT people and other front-line folks whose commitment to students is integral in helping shape our leaders of tomorrow!

So check these out, and come back regularly for new additions!


Steve Saliby - Roosevelt Elementary School

  • Name: Steve Saliby
  • Position at SDJ: Head Custodian, Roosevelt Elementary School
  • How Long Have You Worked for SDJ: 22 years
  • Education: Graduate, South Iredell High School (Statesville, N.C.), 1987.
  • Family: Wife, Becky; daughter, Emily, and son, Sullivan. 

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    Your name is quite recognizable for anyone familiar with local theater. What initially led you to the stage? I started doing theater at the age of 10. My sister wanted to audition for a dinner theater production of “The King and I,” so I went along for the ride. After she auditioned, the casting director asked me if I wanted to audition. I ended up getting in, and she didn't. She was not very happy with me.

  • If you weren’t working as head custodian at Roosevelt, what do you think you would be doing for a career? I really enjoy interacting with people and grew up in the restaurant business. I would probably be managing a restaurant and periodically bartending there.

  • You’re a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. What led to you following the black and gold instead of the green and gold? I was born in California and grew up in the 70s there. My family were all Oakland Raiders fans and I wanted to be different, so I started rooting for the STEELERS. It is the same reason I am a Yankees fan instead of a Dodgers fan.

  • What is the best thing about being a custodian at an elementary school? What is the worst thing about being a custodian at an elementary school? The best thing about being an elementary head custodian is providing positive influences and interactions with children. The worst things are the CODE #2 clean-ups (use your imagination).

  • What is your favorite board game to play, and why? I have always enjoyed Trivial Pursuit because I love trivia.

  • If you could have free tickets to see any theatrical performance in any location, what would it be and where would it be? It would have to be “Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary” that was performed at The O2 Arena in North Greenwich, London, England in 2010. It is my all-time favorite.

  • What person in history would you most like to meet, and why? I would love to have met Frank Sinatra and hang with The Rat Pack. Those guys were the coolest.

  • When I think about it, the single coolest thing that has ever happened to me is: My best friend and I were in Pittsburgh to see a game, and we were staying at the Hilton where the players stayed before the game. I had my Rod Woodson jersey on, and my friend was sporting a No. 95 Greg Lloyd jersey (big shoes to fill Keanu). We turned the corner and they both were coming out of a team meeting. They signed our jerseys, and Rod had two interceptions the next day to beat the formerly undefeated New Orleans Saints. 

  • If you turn on the TV, what show/movie will you sit down and watch no matter how much of it you have already missed? Which show/movie will you turn off right away? I still watch “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan” when I come across it, but lately it has been “Avengers: Endgame” that gets me. I would rather chew glass than watch “The Bachelor.”

  • What makes you grateful? I am grateful that my kids are becoming amazing and kind adults. I am also grateful to my wife for putting up with me.

  • Name the one item you own that you could not live without. I would have to say that it is my Ping putter, which is more than 50 years old. It was handed down from my Dad to my brother and then to me. It is always a conversation starter on the course, and it has seen and drained some great putts in staff outings.

  • Share something people would be surprised to find out about you. I did several national TV commercials when I was younger. They can be found on Youtube if you look in the right place.

  • If you could both star in and direct any theatrical production, which would it be and why? I would love to direct and star in “Big Fish.” I loved the movie, and the stage show was also wonderful.

  • If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? I would look up in the sky and thank my Mom in heaven for the luck.

  • If you could learn to do one thing, what would it be? I would love to play piano. I took lessons when I was young but never stuck with it.

  • Share one item at the grocery store that goes into your cart whether you need it or not. I always stock up on Popsicles, especially the Bomb Pops.

  • You have two hours of free time. What do you do? I would probably try to squeeze in a round of golf.

  • If you could travel anywhere in the world for free, where would you choose to visit? It would be Ireland. I would love to see the old castles and tour the local pubs.

Past "Know the District" Features