Here at Exeter, we know our teachers, we know our classmates. But who knows the countless people who labor behind the scenes to make the Summer School such a satisfying experience?

Take Troy Saunders, for example.

Saunders, 54,  is the supervisor in the Dining Hall dishroom, making sure students have clean plates, glasses and cutlery to eat from. Saunders is from Boston and he has been working here at Exeter for nine years. He works hard — 8 hours a day.

He started off low. “At first, I was a pot washer, I worked part time here and full time at Osram,” Saunders said, referring to the lighting company. He says the following about his job: “It’s not hard but it can be quite tedious at times. Depending on the time of the day, it can be overwhelming. There is a lot of work to be done in a very short amount of time.”

During his free time, he deals with his own transportation business. He lives in Rochester, New Hampshire, with his wife and they have a son and daughter in their 20s. 

Saunders said that his wife’s mother died and that his wife wasn’t able to go to her mother’s funeral. It was a hard time it was for his wife. In her sadness, Saunders said, she hallucinated that she was talking to her mother. She would cry all the time.

But he helped his wife through the trauma, crying with her at times. He was there for her and as time passed, she got better and better.

“What really matters is having a shoulder to cry on,” he recalled. “I wanted my wife to be happy, I did not like seeing her crying. I was there for her and I for sure know that if I ever have to go through such a struggle, she will be the one holding my hand and supporting me. This is what all family is about. Love and support.”

Saunders told about his memories of talking to students and helping them  with the problems they face. “I supported a lot of people here,” he said. “A lot of kids… I can’t stand watching people getting sad. I have the need to help them in every way.” 

We asked Troy Saunders: “How do you do it?”

He replied: “Dedication and willing to do anything for my family.”