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Meet our People at OSSE: Arnita L. Burns

Arnita L. Burns, Bus Attendant

Division: Student Transportation
Joined OSSE: January 2005
Hometown: Washington, DC
Education: Banneker High School

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How did you hear about OSSE?

I have always seen the buses taking kids to and from school and knew that there were opportunities to be a driver or attendant, but I never really knew how. My daughter heard about a Bus Attendant opportunity and she was hired as a Bus Attendant in 2004. When my daughter became a driver she told me about additional Bus Attendant opportunities that were opening that year and I joined the team.

What is most rewarding about your work at OSSE?

The best thing about my everyday work is really the students. It’s tough not to fall in love with the students you work with-you build a special bond with them like you’re family. You see them almost every day, you’re there to support them through their good days and bad days and it is truly one of the most rewarding experiences I have had.

What do like most about working at OSSE?

I love that I have gotten to learn so much in my time here. I have learned how to be a bus attendant, I learned how to perform bus dispatches, and how process administrative paper work in the office to make sure we are running like we need to. Over the years I have learned about managing parts of our office operations in the event the office is short and help is needed.  We all chip in and make sure our bus terminal is running smoothly.

What’s a typical day outside out of work like for you?

I love decorating my home. If you come to my house it looks like its straight out of a magazine, and since I love to cook too, I always have folks over. Around the holidays we all get together to have big parties. There’s always tons of food and I always have a lot of desserts because I love to bake. At the parties I’m known for my cakes and my potato salad-you know, you can’t trust everyone’s potato salad.

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