Meet a Staffer: Shelby Blankenship

Savannah WaszczukAccess Launch, Meet a Staffer

What’s it like to work for Launch? We joined Launch Registrar Shelby Blankenship for a day of shipping Chromebooks, delivering Garmins and requesting records.


7:40 a.m.: Shortly after arriving at the Launch office, Shelby logs in to her computer and opens up the Launch Physical Fitness enrollment spreadsheet. “One of the first things I do every day is check and see if any new Physical Fitness or Physical Education enrollments have come through,” Shelby says. As the Launch Registrar, Shelby is the individual responsible for shipping Garmin heart rate monitors to PE students at Launch partner districts.

8:45 a.m.: Shelby wraps a Chromebook in bubble wrap and places it in a small cardboard box. Next she grabs a roll of shipping tape and begins to seal the box shut. As she unrolls the tape, a loud shrieking sound fills the office. “Sorry, guys—Shelby’s Shipping!” she says. Shelby is preparing to take this Chromebook to Ozark Mailing Center along with multiple heart rate monitors—she is overnight shipping the devices to Launch partner districts so those districts can share them with students.

10:12 a.m.: After taking the day’s shipments to Ozark Mailing, Shelby returns to the office and grabs an empty coffee pot from the Launch snack bar area. “I make coffee for the office every other day,” she says. “Our team drinks a lot of coffee—especially when it’s cold outside!”

11:19 a.m.: Once she settles back in at her desk, Shelby begins to work on the Executive Summary report that tracks all full-time virtual (FTV) students at Springfield Public Schools. “This is how we track attendance and grades,” Shelby says. “I update the report every Tuesday. It usually takes me a full day’s time.”

12 p.m.: Lunch break! Shelby decides to take a quick trip to QDOBA. “I’m not sure what I’m having, but there will likely be queso involved,” she says.

1:38 p.m.: A few clouds have rolled in, and the skies outside the office are turning gray. Launch Video Producer Dan McDonald walks towards Shelby’s desk and yells out a question. “Hey Shelb, how’s the Doppler looking?,” he asks. Since Shelby sits by the window, she has been designated as the office’s full-time weather watcher.

2:53 p.m.: Shelby’s desk phone starts ringing. She pulls out an earbud and picks it up. “This is Shelby,” she says. “Yeah, sure, I’ll grab it and be right up.” An online student in Springfield has been enrolled in a Launch PE course, and he dropped by the office to pick up his heart rate monitor.

3:38 p.m.: Shelby is working to try and finish up an enrollment request before she leaves for the day. “Whenever we get a new student, I request records for that student,” she says. “I then have to enter their transcripts into eSchool.”

4:03 p.m.: After sending a few last emails, Shelby shuts down her computer, puts on her jacket and heads for the door. “Buy guys,” she says. “I have a nail appointment. I’ll see you all tomorrow!”