In 2015, Carmelita Soto began working in Spring Branch ISD as a bus assistant. However, her coworkers constantly encouraged her to become a bus driver.
To become a bus driver, Soto had to receive a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), a special document required to operate large and heavy vehicles. Soto notes that she was eager to become a bus driver, but obtaining the license was a challenge.
Soto’s SBISD team was determined to help her obtain her CDL and provided her with training to excel in the road test with the Texas Department of Public Safety. She received a permit to start training in May of 2019 and she received her CDL in July 2019.
Today, she is a bus driver and actively helps train those who are looking to obtain their CDL. By training others, Soto hopes to pay it forward, as she is very grateful for all the encouragement she received from her team.
“My best career decision was getting out of my comfort zone and being challenged,” said Soto. “I overcame my worries and fears of taking on responsibility and became a bus driver, something that I take much pride in.”
The team’s Collective Greatness is what motivates Soto to excel in her position. She notes that they often leverage their individual strengths to overcome challenges. She knows that she is part of something bigger at SBISD.
Soto continues to learn and grow as a professional and advises others to embrace change and always be a team player. She mentions that SBISD is always offering opportunities to gain new skills and further your career.
“I am happy to be part of such a wonderful team,” concluded Soto. “To all those who just joined SBISD, I can assure you that your experience here will be rewarding.”
Learn about Spring Branch ISD staff and their commitment to Every Child. Read their stories here.