Unsung Hero
This Weeks Unsung Hero!
Posted on 05/07/2018

Unsung Hero

This week’s Un-Sung Hero is in his 3rd year driving school bus for East Noble, though his school bus driving experience stretches far beyond his time with us at EN Transportation. Beginning his bus driving career 38 years go, John Phillips had driven both commercial and school buses in Oklahoma, California, Washington, and Alaska before joining our team in 2015, as he moved to Kendallville after retiring from a 14 year long school transportation position in Anchorage, Alaska. John has tremendous experience as a bus driver AND driver trainer in what are arguably the toughest road conditions in our country.

John is always one of the first drivers to arrive at the bus garage each morning, usually just after 5AM, when he begins his pre-trip inspection of Bus 27 servicing student riders of the Avilla/LaOtto area on their way to the Middle School and High School. After safely delivering those students, John then completes an elementary route as well, transporting students to North Side Elementary.

John spends time each summer representing EN at the State School Bus Safety Competition held in Brownsburg, Indiana and has helped increase interest and participation in that event with many of his colleagues. John also finds time to work the gate at the Noble County Fair with several of his driver colleagues, and represents East Noble at Kid City allowing many kids their first glimpse up close at a big yellow school bus.

Those of us fortunate enough to see John each morning are treated to a never-ending supply of corny jokes, bright Hawaiian shirts, and frequent culinary creations that fill our stomachs and warm our hearts. John always works to find ways to improve his craft and strives to be a bright spot in the day for each of the students he transports. Silly hats at Thanksgiving and other holidays, dressing in costume for Halloween, and making room for his guest driver, Santa Clause, each Christmas, begin to show you the sort of person John proves to be.

East Noble School Corporation is lucky to have John Phillips as part of our team! Thank you John, for all you do to support our students, our schools, and our Transportation Department!

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