GCPS names top bus drivers of the year

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools recently honored the professionals who transport Gwinnett students safely to and from school each school day.

During the annual school bus manager and monitor of the year banquet, held Monday, the school district selected its top three transportation professionals of the year.

The Gwinnett transportation employees honored this year are:

* Janet Humphrey, 2010 Regular Education Bus Manager of the Year

Humphrey transports students in the Grayson cluster. She joined the school system in 2002 and enjoys the flexibility the position provides to her.

* Jane Stovall, 2010 Special Education Bus Manager of the Year

Having joined the school system in 2003, Stovall provides transportation services to special needs students in the North Gwinnett cluster, a service she says she enjoys because of her love for children.

* Fabian Sowell, 2010 Special Education Bus Monitor of the Year

Sowell provides support to special needs students in several clusters on the western area of Gwinnett County. He said it's uplifting to touch a child's life and make a difference in it. He joined the district in 2008.

Before being named winners, these candidates participated in an extensive selection process. First, they were nominated by peers in their transportation zone. There are 27 regular education zones and nine special education zones.

Nominees then were given a written and driving skills test. Eleven finalists were selected -- five regular education bus managers, three special education bus managers and three special education bus monitors.

A judging committee, comprised of GCPS system leaders who serve outside of the Transportation Department, selected the winners from the finalists.