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Monroe One employee named NYS School Bus Driver of the Year

Linda Malkowski has been recognized by the New York Association of Pupil Transportation for her outstanding work and dedication as a school bus driver. 

Linda has been a Monroe One school bus driver for 14 years, returning from retirement multiple times to serve our students.  

The NYAPT established the School Bus Driver of the Year award to “celebrate the work that school bus drivers do each and every day in our state.” According to its website, the award allows a chance “to pause for a moment to recognize someone who is a really good school bus driver measured against the criteria we have defined.” 

Part of that criteria looks at an employee’s continuity of service as a school bus driver, participation in safety and training that goes above and beyond requirements, training and mentoring others, involvement in school/community events, and special involvement with students. 

All qualities that Linda’s colleagues say she demonstrates every day. 

“Linda is the kind of employee every employer would love to have on their staff,” expressed Denise Hazzard, Monroe One’s Transportation Safety Coordinator and Driver Trainer. 

Denise nominated Linda for the award, saying, she wanted to make sure that Linda was recognized for everything that she really is. 

“In her years here, she has driven our wheelchair buses, our 20 passenger buses, and our 65 passenger buses. She has been a trainer, passing on her knowledge using humor as well as skill. Every individual she has trained has successfully passed their DMV road test the first time.  

“She has been an advocate for our special needs students by working with parents, school staff, and other transportation employees to ensure a safe and fun ride to and from school,” shared Denise. 

Linda is humbled at the nomination and win. She said, “there are thousands of bus drivers that are the best drivers. I was just lucky enough to get chosen.” 

The NYAPT states that while there are hundreds of people involved in the school transportation enterprise, it is the school bus drivers who have the responsibility for safely transporting 2.3 million children to and from school each day.  

Known for her sense of humor and sense of fun, Linda has returned from retirement four times in order to serve our school community among a driver shortage. 

“I enjoy the kids, I enjoy the parents, I enjoy driving. I mainly drive a wheelchair bus and you have one or two students on the bus. So, you get to know the kids, the kids get to know you. And it’s almost like a big party, we sing, we have fun,” shared Linda. 

Linda will be honored during the NYAPT award ceremony on July 12. 

Monroe One is always looking for drivers to join our team. Training is provided, along with entertainment from Linda and her colleagues. Visit monroe.edu/Jobs to apply.