School district: Manchester Local Schools
Residence: New Franklin
Job title: Bus coordination/onboard instructor
How long at district: 16 years
Family: Husband Greg Hooper; sons Gregory (Amanda) and Nicholas (Nicole); daughter Corynne Bailey (Jason); grandchildren Nolan, Colton, Ellianna, Kenzington; fur baby Chester
What is the most rewarding part of your position? Knowing I have the best team of drivers who truly care about the children they transport. We are always making sure our students are safely transported to and from our schools and events. Our mechanic, Pat, is always making sure our vehicles are the safest out there and does a great job keeping our buses and vans on the road. Everyone at the bus garage treats each other like family and we take care of one another. The biggest reward is loving my job and coming to work with a smile on my face each day.
What is the most challenging? Keeping the bus routes up to date. It is amazing how many families move in and out of the area! In one day we had six new students to add to routes. This is a challenge so if a sub driver is on, they need to know the correct stops for picking up and dropping off students. Also, keeping our drivers healthy having 50 plus students morning and afternoon on your bus comes with a lot of germs.
If you weren’t doing this, you’d be? I'd be driving the bus or back doing optical somewhere.
Tell us something about the students you deal with most people don’t know or appreciate. I don’t have to deal too much with students unless someone is not home to get them off the bus. The students are then brought back to the garage and get to hang with me. And this does happen but I always make sure to have snacks at the garage as well as coloring books and crayons for them to be entertained until parents arrive.
How do you unwind after a long day at work? Working out in the yard.
The students and co-workers would be surprised to know that I ... truly love my job!!
What is the one responsibility about your position you didn’t know existed before taking it? Being a driver for 14 years prior to taking this position, I pretty much knew what I was getting into.