Teacher Feature: The Parhams
Teacher Feature: The Parhams
Posted on 06/16/2017

Ricky and Sherri Parham are a dynamic duo in the BCS family. This husband and wife team are both bus drivers. Each afternoon, they share a Community High route dropping students off at home, and then they run separate routes bringing Enka High students home.

 

“I enjoy it; I enjoy the children,” says Mrs. Parham.  “It’s the same route, but every day's an adventure! I try to be encouraging and keep a smile on my face and uplift the kids. I try to be a help to them. They certainly are a blessing to me.”

 

Mrs. Parham has been a bus driver for 19 years and Ricky about 14 years. Neither one thought they would ever drive a big yellow bus for a living.

 

“I never thought I’d be a bus driver. I actually started working for BCS in the cafeteria, but I wanted the same schedule as my kids because I was a stay at home mom,” says Mrs. Parham.

 

The Parhams transport students safely every day, and they are grateful for the opportunity to help students build skills beyond reading, writing, and math.

 

“It doesn’t matter what day you’re having- you make sure these kids have a good day,” says Mr. Parham. “I treat them fairly and with respect. They are very respectful to me. I hope I’m teaching them soft skills like communication and respect.”

 

Enka High Assistant Principal Katie Harris says the Parhams are invaluable members of the Enka family. She says bus drivers are the first school employees students see in the morning when they are getting picked up, and it’s so important that students feel safe and cared for on the ride to and from school.

 

Ricky and Sherri are always positive about every situation and have smiles on their faces,” says Ms. Harris.  “They greet each student with a smile in the morning when students enter the bus and again in the afternoon when students leave to go home. They both care deeply about each student and find ways to invest in their lives in any way that they can. The students truly appreciate them.”

 

Mr. Parham says being a bus driver is a big job. They must watch the road and keep an eye on the students. Keeping them safe is crucial, and the Parhams excel at their jobs.

 

“Their greatest strength is that they truly love their job because they love children and always wants what's best for each child,” says Ms. Harris.

 

Mrs. Parham says she can’t imagine a day when she doesn’t get behind the wheel of a school bus and help play a role in educating our children. “People think it’s hard, but if you have a loving heart, it’s easy. It’s not just about the job and getting paid; it’s not just a route; it’s not just a job.”


If you are interested in learning more about becoming a bus driver for Buncombe County School, log on to transportation.buncombeschools.org.


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