Special Needs Transportation

Special-needs bus driver honored for helping students, community

Posted on August 3, 2009
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. — Lake Elsinore Unified School District (USD) special-needs school bus driver Julie Poirier-Leyva was recently recognized for her consistent efforts to help the students she transports as well as community members.

Poirier-Leyva received the Classified Staff Member of the Year award from the Riverside County Office of Education for the 2008-09 school year, an award for which colleagues say she is very deserving.

"There’s a pulse within her," Lake Elsinore USD Transportation Director Gene Durham told The Press-Enterprise. "If she sees a need, it just energizes her. She's just on fire to help."

According to The Press-Enterprise, Poirier-Leyva keeps water and crackers on her bus for students, and she has passed out water for parents waiting in line to purchase bus passes.

Poirier-Leyva’s other philanthropic endeavors include participating in a district-wide “Stuff the Bus” event, donating food for her co-workers on School Bus Driver Day and purchasing supplies for a family that lost everything in an apartment fire.

The Classified Staff Member of the Year award is an annual award that is presented to the top non-teaching employee in Riverside County.

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!