At 17 years old, Janell Benford began volunteering at The Bridge, a nonprofit organization, where she cared for special needs children.
“After school and during the summer, I would volunteer alongside my mother as a camp counselor,” said Benford. “We would often go on outings to the movies, skating, bowling, among other activities and I even volunteered at the Special Olympics. I greatly enjoyed helping kids.”
Benford’s dedication to volunteering and passion for helping led her to a full-time position at The Bridge.
After several years, Benford transitioned to Spring Branch ISD and is now a bus driver for special needs students. She also helps train those looking to obtain their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) at SBISD’s Transportation Department.
“I am happy I obtained my CDL and joined SBISD,” said Benford. “Here, I have established a beautiful work family that constantly encourages me.”
She notes that she continues to do what she is most passionate about: helping Every Child.
When asked what she loves most about her job, Benford mentions that it is how happy her students are to see her every morning. She notes that she continues to grow, as they teach her new things every day.
Benford advises new employees to communicate and ask for help when needed and to always “treat others the way you would want to be treated.”
Learn about Spring Branch ISD staff and their commitment to Every Child. Read their stories here.