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SBISD celebrates diversity with #CollectiveGreatness
A profile of bus driver Mary Phillips
Mary Phillips’ impact on Spring Branch students could be considered immeasurable. She is the first and last employee that her students see every school day. She greets the students of Spring Branch Elementary, Bunker Hill Elementary and Spring Oaks Middle with a warm smile on each encounter and has 32 years of service. Phillips said she loves her job and her coworkers, saying they are a family and genuinely care for and respect each other.
What does Collective Greatness mean to you?
Phillips: It means that I love the people that I work with. At transportation we are like a family. We all try to look out for each other. We genuinely care about each other. I love my job. I am a bus driver. I always try to greet kids so that they start the day off on a good note. I try to get them to respect each other. I always try to make sure that they know that they are loved and are cared about and that I have a genuine concern for my children.
What role model has made the most impact on your career, and how have you tried to pay it forward to be an example to others?
Phillips: My role model was my father. I followed in his footsteps. He was a bus driver. He worked diligently to take care of his family. He made sure we had everything we needed and then some. He was always giving, loving and kind. I took those traits from him. I try to help my fellow man. I took that from my father.
Follow the #CollectiveGreatness series throughout the month of February to celebrate Black History Month. Be sure to also look for it to be a source of inspiration and recognition for SBISD employees and students throughout the year. The #CollectiveGreatness series will celebrate a variety of cultures, heritages, organizations and diversity groups that make SBISD so great.
What does Collective Greatness mean? We will surpass expectations. Everyone’s work matters. Diversity makes us stronger.
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