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GCPS Thanks Transportation Professionals

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) district leaders and School Board members recently recognized the district’s transportation professionals for their service to Gwinnett students and their families. Highlighting the evening event was the recognition of Bryan Long, Cindy Tobias, and Judy Nesler who were named School Bus Managers and Monitor of the Year.

Bryan Long

2015-2016 Regular Education Bus Manager of the Year

Having joined the school district three years ago, Bryan Long is a driver in the Collins Hill area. For Bryan driving a bus is a family affair as both his twin brother and mother are drivers, as well. He says that he drives “for the challenge it brings and the joy of making a difference in the lives of the children.”

 Cindy Tobias

2015-2016 Special Education Bus Manager of the Year

Cindy Tobias transports students with special needs in the Archer and Grayson clusters. With more than 30 years’ experience she still sees every day as a new journey because no two days are the same.

Judy Nesler

2015-2016 Special Education Bus Monitor of the Year

Judy Nesler has dedicated 23 years to the children of Gwinnett—20 as a driver and the last 3 as a bus monitor. She says that the decision to become a monitor after she could no longer drive due to a vision issue was automatic as she enjoys being with the students.

The selection of the 2015-2016 winners is the result of an extensive process. First, they were nominated by their colleagues in their transportation zone. There are 27 regular education zones and 10 special education zones. Nominees then were given a written and driving skills test. Eleven finalists were selected – five regular education bus managers, three special education bus managers, and three special education bus monitors. A judging committee selected the winners from the finalists.

Transportation Director Grant Reppert applauded the efforts of all the staff who safely transport Gwinnett students to and from school. In recognizing this year’s winners, he said, “These outstanding professionals drive student success… literally. As a school district, we cannot focus on teaching and learning if students are not at school. These folks ensure their students arrive safely, on time, and ready to learn. They are the best of the best and we appreciate all that they do for the school system and the students we serve.”