BOISE, Idaho — Two employees of Cascade Student Transportation in Idaho recently won awards for exemplary service.
At the 2018 Idaho Association of Pupil Transportation conference, held in Boise in June, Bonnie See was recognized as Special Needs Driver of the Year, and Teri Woods was named Trainer of the Year.
See and Woods work for Cascade Student Transportation, which is a member of the Student Transportation Inc. (STI) family of companies.
See is a veteran driver with more than 32 years of accident-free driving. She was on the original steering committee that implemented a special-needs transportation program for Meridian School District. Cascade Student Transportation said that See has continued her outstanding work for the company since STI was awarded the contract for transportation for West Ada School District in 2014. Woods is a veteran driver who recently joined the training staff at Cascade Student Transportation. According to the company, Woods’ enthusiasm and organizational abilities have been instrumental in making the training process run efficiently. She was also credited for her community service efforts and her work to improve safety conditions and keep morale high.
Here are the other awards that were presented at the 2018 Idaho Association of Pupil Transportation (IAPT) conference:
• Supervisor of the Year: Brent John. He started with Soda Springs Joint School District #150 as the transportation supervisor in 1998. He has served on the IAPT board, the Region 5 steering committee, and a 2009 special task force. According to the association, John “spent many hours and traveled long distances to better educate himself to help with the growth and betterment of all things pupil transportation.”
• Dispatcher of the Year: Monica Hurd. She started as a dispatcher in summer 2017. Before that, she worked as a substitute bus driver and trainer for the department at her district since September 2015.
• Driver of the Year: JoAnn Ward. She has been driving since 1970. According to IAPT, Ward’s “driving record has been superior, attendance is great, and she cares for the bus as if she owns it herself.”
• Aide of the Year: Ingue Currin. She has 13 years of experience, having been hired in 2006 as a special-education school bus aide. According to IAPT, Currin “greets [her students] at the bus stop, assures care is taken while loading them, provides a warm inviting environment while transporting them, and ensures that they are delivered to school personnel ready to learn.”