What is the best part of your job?
The best part about my job is supporting the bus operators daily. School bus operators have a lot on their shoulders. Moving the entire parishes’ students safely to and from school, all within two hours twice a day, is a little bit of a challenge. My daily goal is, how can I help them? If they have the correct tools and support the bus operators and students come out on top. When I first started in October 2021 my first goal was to talk to as many of the operators as possible. Getting to know the bus operators was not only important, it gave me and idea of what really matters to them. Getting the students home safe and in a timely manner is the main concern. Seeing the smiles when they speak about the students of Lafourche Parish is more than I could ever ask for.
What is the hardest?
What a tough question. I have had various situations arise, because of everyone’s professionalism, the situations were handled with grace and strength. The start of the school year is always stressful. This school year is my first start of school and the challenges that have come along have been moments that have all been solved. Having the right attitude turns the hardest parts of the job into just another situation we will create a solution for.
Is there anything new on the horizon?
Plenty! Creating a paperless environment to streamline our workflow is important. The biggest goal on the horizon is keeping our team happy and enjoying the work they do. The key to moving forward is involving bus operators, school administrators and the community in the future.
What’s one leadership skill you feel everyone must learn? Ownership. Taking ownership for every aspect of your department, team, or company. Taking ownership of what isn’t working carries on to everyone. If something is not inline to what the department needs, I take ownership. Whether it is something small or big it does not matter. If you do the small things well, the larger things will build. Taking ownership pushes you into becoming a doer and self-starter, and you begin seeking constant self-improvement. It’s also important to set goals, and ensure that all team members know those goals and are a part of achieving them. Finally, never over supervise. Allow mistakes to happen, take ownership of those mistakes, and learn from them.
As a child, what did you see yourself doing as a career?
I always just wanted to work hard and help others. My father taught me this at a young age. I never really appreciated his teaching until recently.
What was your very first job?
Changing air condition filters over the summer for the Lafourche Parish School District Maintenance Department.
What time do you wake up?
Between 4 and 5 a.m.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Sailing. It’s a freedom that many don’t experience in south Louisiana.