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2024 Nominations are now open!


Bus Driver and Bus Attendant of the Year Winners

General Education Driver of the Year

Amanda DeVincentz
Bus 560

Special Needs Driver of the Year

Shelley Mays-Wyatt
Bus 313

Special Needs Attendant of the Year

Jacquelyn Cassady
Bus 302

Meet the 2023 Finalists

Ellen Berg, Bus 423

Ellen Berg is a dedicated Harford County Public Schools Bus Driver who has been making a difference in the lives of her students for many years. Originally from Fairfax, VA, she moved to Forrest Hill in 1989 and has been a resident of the area ever since.

Ellen started her career with HCPS as an attendant for 8 years before transitioning into bus driver position. She has been driving for 6 years. She takes pride in making bus rides fun and enjoyable for her students. She often uses reward stickers and prizes to add to the excitement. Ellen’s passion for her job shines through in everything she does. She has been recognized by the schools she services many times for her outstanding work with the special needs students on her bus.

In her free time, Ellen enjoys reading and attending family events. Her husband Jeff is a local Pastor, and they have been married for 49 years. Ellen also has four adult children; Tim, Josh, Lauren, and Joy; and eight amazing grandchildren. She is immensely proud of her children’s achievements and accomplishments.

For any new driver staring out in the field, Ellen recommends binge-watching the show Super Nanny, as it offers many valuable tips and tricks for working with children. With her wealth of experience and passion for her work, Ellen Berg is truly a remarkable individual who has made a positive impact on the lives of not only the students she serves, but the entire community.

Jacquelyn Cassady, Bus 302

Jackie Cassady has dedicated 37 years of her life to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the special needs children transported by Harford County Public Schools. Born and raised in Havre De Grace, Jackie began her career in 1986.

Despite the challenges and changes that have come with nearly four decades on the job, Jackie still loves what she does, and has watched countless children grow up over the years. In addition to her role as a bus attendant, Jackie is a proud mother of four children; Danielle, Jaime, Miranda, and Marty; and has been blessed with six granddaughters.

When she is not working or spending time with her family, Jackie enjoys pursuing her passion for gardening and crafting. And even though she works though the summer, she always looks forward to taking a summer trip with her friends.

Asked what advice she would give to a new driver or attendant, Jackie’s answer was simple: “Pack your patience, be kind.” It is a reflection of the care and compassion that has earned her the nickname “Bus mother” among the children and families she serves. Jackie is a beloved fixture in her community, and an inspiration.

Amanda DeVincentz, Bus 560

Amanda DeVincentz has been a bus driver for A. M. Harris Bus, Inc. and Harford County Public Schools for almost 10 years. Born and raised in the North Harford area, Amanda is a familiar face in the community and is well loved by the students she transports to and from school every day.

Amanda’s journey as a bus driver began when her neighbors suggested she apply for the job. She quickly fell in love with the roll and the daily conversations she has with her students. Her driver trainer, Mary Waddell, played a pivotal role in Amanda’s personal life as well. Mary introduced her to her son, James, who is now Amanda’s husband.

Amanda is a devoted mother to her 15-year-old son Dillon and loves spending time with him and her husband. They enjoy playing video games and challenging each other. She also has a creative side and enjoys making crafts and bringing her ideas to life. She believes that creativity is an essential part of her life, and she encourages her students to explore their creative sides as well. Last fall, Amanda decorated her bus for the “Trunk or Treat” event at Red Pump Elementary School, which was a huge success. She was even invited to participate in the Trunk or Treat event at the HCPS Building, where her bus was a hit. She already is planning her next decorating adventure and is looking forward to a memorable experience for her students.

As a seasoned bus driver, Amanda has a few words of advice for new drivers: setting boundaries with students, respecting them, and treating them with kindness and understanding. Her approach has earned her the respect and admiration of her students, parents, and colleagues.

Marianne Gallina, Bus 431

Marianne Gallina is a dedicated Bus Attendant for Harford County Public Schools. She is originally from Middletown, NJ and moved to Maryland 12 years ago. Marianne has been working as a Bus Attendant for three years, after being encouraged to accept the position by Transportation Coordinator, Tina Hockaday. She finds joy in her relationships with the children and loves the fact that every day is different.

Outside of work, Marianne will be celebrating her 28th wedding anniversary this July with her husband Jack. She has a son named John III, who is 26, and a daughter named Bridget, who is 24. She also has a black lab named Maggie May (yes, from the Rod Stewart song). Marianne loves spending time with her family at the beach, and she walks three miles a day to stay healthy.

Marianne’s recent accomplishment is losing 77 pounds. She believes it is a testament to her discipline and commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle. She is always willing to share her knowledge and experience with others and encourages new attendants to smile and be consistent for the children every day.

Marianne’s energetic personality and dedication always shines through in her work.

Shelley Mays-Wyatt, Bus 313

Shelley Mays-Wyatt is a Harford County Public School Bus Driver with a passion for ensuring the safety and well-being of the children she transports. She was born and raised in Baltimore County on a farm. She moved to Harford County 26 years ago and has been a resident ever since.

Shelley has been driving buses for 8 years, and shared she feels like she owes her driving skills to her trainer, Denise Ajello. She takes great pride in her work and is dedicated to being the best bus driver she can be.

Outside of work, Shelley is a proud mother of two children. Her son Zachary is 19 years old and her daughter Sydney is 24 years old. She also has a boxer named Elsie “Ray” who is a cherished member of the family. Her favorite place to be is outdoors with her family and the animals she loves.

Shelley draws her inspiration from her mother Joyce, who was a special need bus driver for Baltimore County. Joyce is Shelley’s biggest inspiration and her best friend. Joyce taught her the importance of patience, kindness, and empathy especially when transporting special needs children.

When asked what advice she would give to a new bus driver, Shelley reflected on a recent incident that occurred on a roadway and she emphasized the importance of “trusting your instincts to protect the children”. Safety is always her top priority, and she strives to make each ride as comfortable as possible for the students on her bus.

Cheryl Rappazzo, Bus 665

Cheryl Rappazzo is a dedicated Bus Driver for Moxley Transportation, LLC and Harford County Public Schools with over 9 years of experience. She was born and raised in the Carney area of Baltimore County. Cheryl started as a “Mommy Helper” in 1996, which paved the way for her success as a bus driver. She received her CDL license on Halloween in 2014, and she has been treating her students to a safe and supportive bus ride ever since.

Cheryl finds immense joy in watching her students grow and helping make their ride to school a fun and enjoyable experience. She often engages her students in games and activities, creating a family-like atmosphere on her bus. Her commitment to her job and her students has earned her the respect and admiration of colleagues and parents alike.

Outside of work, Cheryl enjoys spending time with her fiancé Andre, her son Michael, and her daughter in law Annie. During the summer months, Cheryl and her sister plan adventurous trips for their families. Cheryl’s love for gardening and cooking is well known amongst her friends and family. She has a special fondness for Cheese Whiz, which she believes makes everything taste better.

When asked what advice she would give to a new driver, Cheryl’s response was “give it time”. She believes that the children are worth every effort and encourages new drivers to be patient and kind as they build relationships with their students. Cheryl’s passion for her job and her love for her students is an inspiration to all who know her.

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