Title: Director of Transportation – Middlebury Community Schools
Hometown: Elkhart. Now lives in Bristol. Graduated from Elkhart Memorial High School.
Background: Began with Middlebury Schools in 2001 as a paraprofessional at NHS and then worked full-time with special needs students.
Moved to the NHS Guidance Dept. before going to the Administrative Center as Transportation Secretary.
Four years ago, became the Director of Transportation.
Job duties: Willey handles routing all of the district’s buses to get students to school “safely and in a timely manner.” She works with drivers to make sure they have what they need to do their job and ensures the district follows all of the laws and policies concerning transportation.
She works through the summer making sure buses are up to specification for mandatory bus inspections.
Schedules extracurricular bus trips and hires bus drivers and monitors.
Willey is also part of the team of administrators who determine if there is a school delay or cancellation due to weather. “I drive the roads and report back to Superintendent Jane Allen and then the team decides on whether or not to close or delay,” Willey said. She is up at 3:30 a.m. to check road conditions.
Currently, Willey also drives two morning and afternoon bus routes, due to the shortage in bus drivers. A typical day sees her on the road by 6:30 a.m. to run an elementary route and a middle school/high school route before going to the Administration Center.
Once there, she handles the business side of the transportation department – responding to emails, claims, speaking with parents, and more.
Then, she’s back on the road by 1:45 p.m. to drive the afternoon routes before returning to the office to complete additional work, leaving for home around 5:30 or 6 p.m.
Willey credits her assistants in the Transportation Department, Michelle Hart and Melissa Deak, for making sure everything continues to run well.
Why she likes her job: “It’s different every day. I don’t think I’ve had the same day since I took this position,” Willey said.