Parent had hand in bringing new safety devices to teachers

September 18, 2018

Help was put in the hands of every staff member on campus by Vanessa Ogle, CEO and founder of Enseo, creator of the MadeSafe personal locator devices.

Ogle was featured in D Magazine in the winter of 2018 detailing “a day in the life of a CEO.” 

There’s no more precious resource than our children.

— Vanessa Ogle

“[D Magazine] asked me in the article ‘what is something that you’d like to be doing that you’re not doing today?’ and my answer was ‘I’m very happy to be helping keep housekeepers safe in hotels, but I would love to be able to keep my children safe at their schools,’” Ogle said. 

On the day the article was released, Ogle was watching her daughter sing at Northpark Mall with the Puster Elementary choir when the article caught Puster principal Kevin Parker’s attention.

“[Parker] happened to have seen the article and said he’s also on the internal committee that studied how [the district] was going to further strengthen the security and safety and wellbeing of the Lovejoy ISD schools,” Ogle said. “He asked to talk to me a little bit about MadeSafe, and he said ‘this is exactly what we need.”’

Ogle met with Womack in the early spring of the 2016-2017 school year, and the process to implement MadeSafe devices in the district was completed five weeks before the start of school. Enseo typically works with hotel companies to bring security to their staffs, and during the first week of September the CEOs of the top five hotel companies in the world made a joint press announcement to make it a “mandatory requirement for all housekeepers to be supported with MadeSafe or something similar by the end of 2020,” Ogle said.

Ogle added that bringing systems like MadeSafe outside of the hotel business and into schools was important because “there’s no more precious resource than our children.”  

“While we all are passionate about the safety of our employees and our coworkers, there’s something about keeping children safe and enabling learning to take place which is protecting not just those children, but but it’s actually protecting the future of our nation,” Ogle said.

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