Summers began driving a school bus for Trigg County Public Schools in 2002, and her schedule is anything but laid back. She does her morning route on the bus, parks the bus on the school campus, walks a half-mile to work, and opens the salon for business at 8 a.m. By 2:30 p.m., she walks back to the bus, does the afternoon route, parks the bus at her house then walks a short way back to the shop to accommodate any late appointments.
“I have driven the same route the whole time, so I have had just about the same group of kids since I started,” she says. “They range from kindergartners to seniors. Believe it or not, it’s less hectic this way. The older kids usually don’t want anything to do with the younger kids, so everyone stays to themselves.”
One challenge, says Summers, is new kids or kindergartners. “They don’t already know the rules of my bus, so I constantly have to repeat myself. I always feel like I’m nagging, and no one wants to be remembered as a nagging bus driver.”
Her other difficulty is saying goodbye to the seniors. “I get attached to the kids, seeing them five days a week, knowing just about every part of their lives. Then they graduate and go off to school,” she says. “Sometimes I still get text messages from them just wondering what I am doing.
“I absolutely love both of my jobs. I have the best bus of kids in the world and the best group of clients in the world.”
This article appeared in the July 2012 issue of NAILS, which is another magazine from SCHOOL BUS FLEET publisher Bobit Business Media. The series, My Other Life, profiles nail technicians who have a second profession.