• Dec 16, 2015

    Val Hartwell | I Tell Everyone I Bleed Yellow

    For nearly 30 years, Val Hartwell has worked to provide the best start and finish to the school day for generations of students. “School busing has been in my blood for most of my life,” shares Val. “It is what I truly care about. I tell everyone I bleed yellow.”
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  • Nov 17, 2015

    Laura Greene-Halley | Transportation is in Her Genes

    Student transportation is in Laura Greene-Halley’s genes. She grew up in a household where school busing was the family business. Her passion for the industry has only grown over the years.
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  • Oct 08, 2015

    Tammy Freerksen | 16 Years of Caring for Students

    Location Manager Tammy Freerksen began her student transportation career as a driver in 1999. Having just had her fourth child, Tammy was looking for a career that would allow her to remain available for her children. She knew just where to look. “My mom was a bus driver when she had children and it worked for her, so, I applied,” recalls Tammy.
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  • Aug 25, 2015

    Donna Temporal | First Student is Like Family

    Safety Manager Donna Temporal loves working for First Student because, “This industry is fantastic.” She loves her job and loves coming to work. “First Student is a great place to work,” Donna says. “We’re like a family. There’s good camaraderie. People help each other out.”
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  • Aug 11, 2015

    Todd Monteferrario | Appointed President of NSTA

    With more than 25 years of dedicated professional service, Todd Monteferrario has served as a leader within First Student and the industry. Most recently, Todd was named President of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA).
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  • Jul 28, 2015

    Paola Recinos | Supportive of Each Other

    Paola Recinos is proud to be an "ambassador" for First Student. As a driver, she is on the frontline, interacting daily with our student passengers, parents and our school district representatives.
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  • Jul 09, 2015

    Christine Strom | Committed to Our Customers

    As safety manager of our location in Highland, Illinois, Christine is responsible for ensuring that we deliver on our core value of safety. She believes, “First Student is the best when it comes to transporting students to and from school safely. Our training program is second to none. The company’s continual investment in technology over the years has also helped our drivers do a better job.”
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