School bus driver goes the extra mile

PEARLAND, Texas – Why Become a School Bus Driver? For Keith Kaup, Pearland ISD’s transportation director, driving a school bus route isn’t just a job, it’s a calling.

“As long as I have the ability, as long as I have the opportunity, I will be in the school transport,” he said.

Kaup’s original career plan was to become a high school math teacher. But after he started driving a school bus to earn extra money in college, he found another job he loved and an opportunity to serve his community.

“Once I started driving and started working with the kids and seeing the same students day after day, year after year and building relationships with the families, I knew it was something special,” he said.

As Transport Director, Kaup starts his day at 5:15 am with Pearland ISD’s Transport Director. He opens the bus shop and makes sure that all bus lines are covered that day. Then he grabs his keys and covers a bus route himself.

“Keith Kaup is an integral part of our district,” said Dr. Sundie Dahlkamp, ​​Executive Director of Human Resources at Pearland ISD. “What makes him really special is that he goes the extra mile. When duty calls, he’s definitely the guy who will be there. When the weather isn’t at its best, Keith is the first to drive streets of Pearland in the morning. is it flooded is it icy Is it safe?”

Kaup says riding the school bus each morning can help set the tone for a student throughout the day.

“Once the kids get on the bus, the whole perspective changes,” he said. “You can’t help but feed on their energy.”

Pearland ISD is offering a job fair for anyone interested in driving a bus route on Saturday, June 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Pearland High School. The additional job fair allows attendees to test drive the district’s school buses. For further information, click here. School bus driver goes the extra mile

Dais Johnston

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