Theresa Tomer named 2017 Pupil Transportation Leader of the Year

on July 26, 2017
Theresa Tomer accepts her award as bus driver and trainer.

Members of the Monroe-Woodbury transportation team congratulate Theresa on receiving the “2017 Pupil Transportation Leader of the Year” award.

Theresa Tomer, school bus driver and assistant trainer at the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District, has been named “2017 Pupil Transportation Leader of the Year” by the Tri-County Association for Pupil Transportation (TCAPT).

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler; New York State Education Department Pupil Transportation Director Mary Sansaricq; Kathleen O’Connell, representing Assemblyman Karl Brabenec’s Office; New York Association for Pupil Transportation Executive Director Peter Mannella; and M-W Transportation colleagues past and present came out to congratulate this year’s awardees at a luncheon held at Lobster Pier in Chester, NY.

Tomer has been an employee of Monroe-Woodbury CSD since 1998, when she was hired as a bus driver. It quickly became apparent that her commitment to safety and love for the students would lead to a long-term career in transportation. In 1999, Tomer became part of the district’s Buster the Bus Safety Team, and 28 years later, she is known as the “voice of Buster.”

Tomer’s responsibilities include the implementation of a school bus safety program for incoming kindergarten students and she assists in the organization of annual bus safety drills and the annual bus safety poster contest. She has been a member of the Tri-County Association for Pupil Transportation since 2007.

“Theresa exemplifies everything a pupil transportation professional should be. She leads by example and fosters a safety conscious work environment. In her role as 19-A Examiner, Theresa treats our drivers with the utmost respect. Her work ethic is top-notch. Congratulations to Theresa on this well earned recognition,” said Dawn Russell, director of transportation for Monroe-Woodbury Central School District.

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