ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A First Student driver here has been recognized for her outstanding service to the students she transports by the Alaska Head Start Association (AHSA).
AHSA recently named Jasmine Dirkes its 2016 Bus Driver of the Year.
Dirkes has been a school bus driver for First Student since 2013. She also serves as operations supervisor and is responsible for the overall performance of the company’s Anchorage location.
AHSA honored Dirkes for her commitment to the program. Her location provides transportation to more than 600 Head Start children and families. Dirkes prides herself in knowing all of the students’ names, which is one of the ways she works to create the best start and finish to the school day, according to First Student.
“Jasmine is most deserving of this special recognition,” said First Student Area General Manager Bill Noftz. “Her commitment to the children she transports, the customers she serves and the company is unparalleled. This award is a true testament to her hard work and dedication.”
Alaska Head Start is the state’s largest early childhood program. Every year, AHSA recognizes exceptional performance with its Awards of Excellence.
CCS Early Learning also named Dirkes its 2016 Bus Driver of the Year. Her location serves the center’s five locations in Anchorage, Chugiak, Wasilla, Big Lake, and Sutton. Dirkes also volunteers to help CCS and its students in her free time.