Nate Gordon, a bus driver for Worth County (Ga.) Schools, was recognized on Thursday for his 40 years of service. Photo courtesy Alisa Cooper

Nate Gordon, a bus driver for Worth County (Ga.) Schools, was recognized on Thursday for his 40 years of service. Photo courtesy Alisa Cooper

SYLVESTER, Ga. — A school bus driver here was recognized on Thursday for dedicating 40 years to driving the big yellow bus.

Nate Gordon, a driver for Worth County Schools, told School Bus Fleet that he has been driving a school bus since 1979. He got his start in the industry after his uncle encouraged him to apply for a job at the district’s school bus shop.

“The best part [of the job] is being able to get along with parents, students, and staff, and to have fun doing it,” he said. “The most challenging part is getting respect from students. A driver has to give respect to earn it.”

The Worth County Schools board of education at their meeting on Thursday recognized Gordon for his service and presented him with a $500 longevity check.

Rusty Parten, the district’s transportation director, told SBF that Gordon has been a joy to work with over the years, and that he is one of his most reliable drivers.

“I never get a phone call from Mr. Nate saying, ‘I’m sick’ or ‘I can’t make it,’” Parten said. “I'm very proud of him and his positive, faithful personality.”

As for retirement, Gordon said he doesn't have plans for that any time soon.

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