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South Colonie Central School District News

bus driver and director pose together with award certificate

AAA School Bus Driver of the Year Colleen John with South Colonie Transportation Director Peter Tunny.

John Honored With 2017 School Bus Driver of the Year Award

Congratulations to South Colonie bus driver Colleen John, who was honored by the Hudson Valley chapter of the American Automobile Association this spring with the 2017 Bus Driver of the Year.

John was nominated for the AAA award by the South Colonie Transportation Department for her exceptional work ethic, reliability, and positive interaction skills with students and staff.

She started driving for South Colonie in the late-1970's. She left the district in the mid-1980's to raise a family, a son Corey and daughter Lindsay. She returned to driving in the late 1990's.

"Interestingly… she started driving for us in 1978," said Tunny, "which is amazing when you think about it.  It was largely a male dominated profession back then.  Also school buses then lacked things we take for granted today, such as power steering, automatic transmissions, automatic door openers/closers, etc. She was a true female pioneer in the profession."