Marie has worked at Licking Heights for 20 years. She left Licking Heights for a couple of years when she moved out of state, and on her return rejoined our team.
Marie decided to become a bus driver so that she could have the same schedule as her children, who also attended Licking Heights. They would ride the bus with her each day.
One of Marie’s favorite reasons for being a bus driver is getting the opportunity to be a role model to children. She enjoys talking with them and getting to know them. The stressful part of Marie’s job is watching out for the other vehicles and drivers on the road when she is driving the bus. She feels that there are many more drivers due to the growth in our community.
Her fondest memory is when she was absent due to illness and upon her return she was greeted with big smiles and “We missed you, Ms. Marie!” Being loved and missed made Marie appreciate her job even more.
Marie’s favorite bus to drive is an International. She like the driver’s seat, as well as the mirrors and the overall way the bus drives. She cannot remember the very first bus she drove, however she did like “old bus #5,” which was a standard. It was very fun to drive!
When asked about the changes and the growth of our district, Marie said that it has changed a lot. She remembers when we only had three school buildings. She also noted that many things have changed over the years in the everyday operation of the schools due to the age of technology. She would love to see the parents get more involved with the school district and all that we offer. Marie is an asset to our transportation team.