William Morse, Training Director, Albemarle County Public Schools
How do you support student learning from outside the classroom?
I oversee the training of new bus drivers and provide professional development opportunities for the Transportation Department. In addition to getting our students safely to and from school, we also emphasize student management training opportunities. Working with Safe Schools/Healthy Students and school administrators, Transportation has made a concerted effort to improve the behavior of students on the school bus, envisioning their ride home as an extension of their school day.
What’s the most common misconception about your job?
As a state-certified trainer, I have personally trained new bus drivers. I don’t just sit in the office working on the computer.
What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?

Scheduling. Bus drivers and assistants have a narrow window in the middle of their day to attend classes, our trainers are mostly lead bus drivers with a number of competing draws on their time, and the weather in the wintertime always plays havoc.
Why did you choose to perform your job in the schools and not in another industry?
I started out as a bus driver and have a sense of loyalty to my colleagues. This is an excellent opportunity to give back to those that helped me as a rookie.