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‘Why I Drive’ – A Testimonial

kids at the bus window

We can tell you about the competitive hourly wages, excellent benefits, and paid training, but what is it really like to to be a GCPS bus driver? We asked our ‘Bus Driver of the Year,’ Mechele Stewart, to share her experience in her own words.

“I love what I do. Being a bus driver is not easy, and it’s not for everyone. First of all, we are driving a 40-foot-long, 12-ton vehicle. That’s about 30 feet longer and 10 tons heavier than the average vehicle on the road. But that’s not what it’s all about.”

“To do what we do requires compassion, consistency, good listening, and great multi-tasking skills. We are safely transporting children, and remembering children are still learning is a huge part of that. We are the role models on the bus, and we are the ones teaching students good safety habits. It takes a strong rapport with the students and parents to accomplish our goals.”

“As a bus manager, I have been thanked, hugged, and high-fived by students. I have been confided in and complimented. While it’s not easy and some days are harder than others, these are the things that will stick with me forever. It’s both the good and the bad that make my job wonderful, and I wouldn’t change a single moment. In those moments, I have learned more about the children and a lot about myself.”

“The hardest days of the school year are the first and last day. They are packed with an overwhelming amount of emotion. Being there for the students means a lot to them … and to me.”

Mechele Stewart
Zone 07B
Central Gwinnett High School

If Mechele’s experience and the opportunity to be a part of our thriving workforce interest you, take the next step. To learn more about being a school bus driver for GCPS and to apply, click here.