Heather Sumner

I have never in my life loved going to work, until I started doing this.

Hailing from a family of bus drivers, Heather Sumner is a Colchester native who treates the students on Bus #5 like they are her own - and actually, one of the is her own. Her son Caleb attends Malletts Bay Elementary School and on any given day you'll find him sitting in the row right behind his Mom. They are like two peas in a big yellow pod.

It was her relationship with Caleb that sparked a career as a school bus driver. "I wanted to have the same schedule as Caleb. I didn't want to worry about finding daycare or what I would do when there's a snow day" explains Heather. "It's the perfect job for single moms or stay at home parents."

During the summer when her regular school route isnโ€™t running, she drives for camps and various summer school programs. She turns these day trips into something she and Caleb look forward to by packing a picnic in a cooler and using the time in between runs to spend some quality time together, wherever they happen to be.

When the pandemic hit and our schools closed, she and Caleb continued to show up every day - loading their bus with food instead of kids. She was desperate to see her students and found joy in touching base with families and offering a warm meal to those who might be hungry.

Ask anyone in town, Ms. Heather has a heart of gold. As she tosses treats to the dogs along her route (many of which she knows by name), she offers lessons of kindness and understanding to her students. โ€œ๐ˆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐š ๐ฅ๐จ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ค๐ข๐๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐๐ž๐,โ€ she says. Every day, rain or shine, Ms. Heather swings open the bus door to welcome them aboard, and in the process provides love and support through the attention she gives each and every one of her kids.

Want to drive for Colchester and make a difference? Hereโ€™s some information about what to expect if you choose to work for STA/Mountain Transit:

  • There is a $1500 sign-on bonus
  • Student Transportation of VT pays an hourly wage during the 44 hours it typically takes to train for a Class B CDL (with a passenger and school bus endorsement).
  • Once you pass the test and are on the road, wages start at $21 an hour.
  • A basic schedule has a morning and afternoon route with a break in between, for a total of approximately 25 hours a week. There is plenty of other contracted work (field trips, sports games, shuttling) to bump it up to full-time hours, if interested.
  • There is work available in the summer, if interested.
  • Like Heather and many other bus drivers, your child can ride on your bus while you work.

For more information and questions, call Mountain Transit at 893-1334 or apply at: https://tinyurl.com/y38a5pyy. Come drive for Colchester Schools!

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