Genia Merritt, a bus driver for Stephenville ISD, has been taking kids to school for 10 years - and has loved every minute of it.
Merritt sat down with the E-T to talk about her job and what she enjoys about working with students.
What do you like most about your job?
The kids, that's easy. We don't have students for one semester or two semesters or a year. We have our students anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours a day for multiple years. You get to know them, you invest in them. When the children are on my bus they're my babies. I care for them as if they were my own. I love the kids who ride my bus.
What do you take away from knowing you impact childrens lives?
I came back from a very long and exhausting trip Thursday that had some pretty negative things involved in it and I come home and the first thing I saw is smiles and kids saying they missed me. I get a lot of love from the kids.
What's some of the memorable things you see kids do on the bus?
Some of them are discipline issues and some of them are sweet. If you listen to them and the things they say, they're talking to each other and you'll just hear some funny things. Their ideas about life are so pure and innocent and I want to keep it that way as long as possible.
What keeps you coming back every day?
It's the kids. I have a ginormous heart for all of them. I learned from my own kids how to be a good mom and now I can pass it on. We make differences in these kids lives. Not just me but all of these bus drivers.