Throughout the year, Teacher in
Spotlight will shine the light on teachers and staff who do
for our students and go above and beyond each and every day.
The spotlight is on Bob Lyons!
Monticello Central School District is
proud to shine the light on Robert “Bob” Lyons, a bus driver
responsible for transporting our most precious cargo –
Bus drivers are the first and last contact many students have with school each day. And while it is a demanding job, Bob wouldn’t trade it for anything. A driver for nearly 16 years, Bob credits his background in the hospitality industry as a former restaurant owner as the basis for his ability to connect with the students he transports.
“Growing up in the hospitality field, getting along with people comes naturally,” Bob said. “Treat people the way you want to be treated –that’s the basis for everything.”
With that in mind, Bob goes out of his way to get to know each student personally – and the best ways to make them smile. If he can’t coax a smile out of a student with his positive attitude and hearty ‘good morning’, he’ll try a different way until he succeeds.
“I knew one student liked to fish, so I brought him in a tackle box,” Bob said. “After that, he knew we spoke the same language. I also will bring in coats for students who need one. Everyone has different needs and responds best to different approaches. I always remember that I was young once too and I know how to deal with them. It’s important to have patience and understanding. They’re all great kids.”
Every year, through rain, sleet and snow, you'll find Bob and the rest of our school bus drivers working hard to make sure that students are transported safe and sound. And the students couldn't be more grateful.
“I had an opportunity to talk with Bob and get to know him,” senior Devin Wiseman said. “It’s really amazing to hear what his day entails. He works so hard for us. He goes out of his way to remember students by name. I will miss him next year.”
We applaud you for being greater than the average!