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Pam Johnston

Heritage Bus Driver

When she’d drop her children off at the bus stop every morning to attend Heritage 25 years ago, Pam Johnston had no idea she would end up becoming one of the school’s most beloved bus drivers.

A mother of three HCS alumni, Pam was recruited to become a bus driver in 1995, when her middle child was in Kindergarten. At the time, Pam ran a landscaping business, so she already had experience driving heavy equipment. When she heard about the opportunity to drive a bus and the tuition discount that came with it, Pam decided to give it a go. She’s been a bus driver ever since.

Pam Johnston

“I fell in love with the job,” she said.

A typical day for Pam begins with an early start at the school, around 6 a.m. to check and prepare the buses in order to reach her first stop by 7. As the Fleet Coordinator, Pam also manages the bus drivers and fuels, inspects, and preps the buses. Many days involve driving students to field trips and sports games, which can make for long days, but Pam enjoys the variety that every day brings.

“Sometimes I have time to nap on the bus or meet friends for dinner depending on where a game is,” she said. “Or I’ll stay and watch the games.”

But what she loves most is the relationships she has built with her co-workers and with her students.

“You’re the first person the students see in the morning and the last person they see in the afternoon,” she said.

Some kids have had Pam as their bus driver every day since kindergarten, which makes the relationships really special.

“There’s not anything I don’t like about this job,” she said.

Students in front of school bus

We are hiring bus drivers! Requirements for driving a bus are fairly straightforward and it can take as little as 2-3 weeks to get a license.

The Heritage bus drivers now train at Hamilton Southeastern Schools, where they take a written test, get plenty of driving and observation hours in, and then take CDL licensing and school bus endorsement tests. After the tests and a 3-day safety course, drivers are licensed and can begin driving students.

Interested in becoming Heritage's next bus driver? Visit heritagechristian.net/jobs to learn more and apply.