It’s National School Bus Safety Week, and we want to recognize the ones who are responsible for keeping our students safe on the bus! Meet school bus driver Tammy Stephens! #CCSDfam
Q. What led you to become a CCSD bus driver?
A. I graduated from Cherokee High School in 1979, and Mr. Bell (Principal of then Ralph Bunche ES) came to our house and asked who wanted a job. I said, ‘me,’ and he hired me for the Head Start program and later as a parapro at Tippens and Johnston. Then, in 1986, I became a bus driver because I love kids and wanted to continue working with them - being a bus driver allowed for that, but also worked for my schedule, because I could be off when my son was off.
Q. What do you love most about your job?
A. I enjoy what I do and have always had a passion for children. I feel they need an advocate, and I’m it. Driving for Cherokee County has been an experience that I would not trade for anything!
Q. What would you like others to know about driving a bus for CCSD?
A. If you love kids, it’s the job for you, but you really have to have a passion for them because it can sometimes be difficult. You must have patience, good driving skills and a love for children!