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School Board Honors Bus Driver as ‘Inspiring Educator’

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School Board Honors Bus Driver as ‘Inspiring Educator’
Posted on 12/21/2016
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Bruce Lane, a bus driver for the Portland Public Schools, recently was recognized by the Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Xavier Botana for being an “inspiring educator” who makes a difference in the lives of the district’s students.

The recognition came at the board’s Dec. 20 meeting.

The Maine Education Association has partnered with WCSH-TV Channel 6 News Center on a unique award called Inspiring Educators, and Lane has been chosen to receive the award. The feature highlights the work of great educators and the impact they have on students and teaching and learning. As part of the program, MEA members nominate educators who are making a difference. Those selected, like Lane, will be featured on an upcoming Channel 6 news segment. Lane was nominated for the award by Ina Demers, an educational technician at Reiche Community School.

Demers’ nomination states, “Bruce is a very inspiring educator because he drives a school bus, which is not an easy task! He picks students up in the morning and takes them home in the afternoon with patience and cheerful greetings! He is soft-spoken and gives students great respect, especially those who come from afar and speak languages other than English.

He talks with students in a way to let them know that he cares about them, their safety, and also their well being. He reminds students in a positive way. He has he also taught me about giving each child a smile and positive comments to encourage them to grow up to be involved and productive citizens! He is truly a great educator and individual with positive energy! We are very fortunate to have Bruce!”