HUGH COOKSEY, Transportation Specialist
In a large school system like AACPS, there are some behind-the-scenes roles that, when working properly, become transparent, and therefore sometimes go unnoticed. The work of a transportation specialist can fall into this category. However, in the Chesapeake Cluster, the transportation specialist, Hugh Cooksey, is impossible to miss! His hard work, dedication, collaboration, and attention to detail ensure that every transportation need is taken care of. Even if he is extremely busy in his job, and a curve ball gets thrown his way, he just keeps on smiling, solving problems and acting like it’s nothing!
Mr. Cooksey faces challenging situations each and every day where he puts his creative problem solving skills to use in support of families who find themselves in difficult situations. He approaches each challenge with urgency, sensitivity and the utmost concern. He is always positive, being in constant contact with the school, monitoring the situation and ensuring that the child gets to school each day to learn.
Then there is the unavoidable issue of poor road conditions, making the drive to school tenuous. Imagine all those phone calls pouring into the school system and numerous comments from unhappy parents. Even when Hugh is blamed for the bad weather, he just smiles and keeps on going. And let’s not forget behavioral challenges he has to deal with, and the school administrators’ relief when they learn that Mr. Cooksey is “on it!” Bus videos are delivered quickly and concerns are addressed from all perspectives. Hugh works as an investigator and a mediator with all parties involved. Through these collaborations, problems are identified and resolved. He is always happy to speak directly with parents and his strong diplomatic skills enable him to restore calm and trust.
School principals all agree about how incredibly responsive Mr. Cooksey is their every concern. Whether it’s a special needs child who is struggling on the bus, a behavioral concern, or a community issue, Hugh addresses it instantly and thoroughly. He is a strong communicator and fully supports everyone he is in contact with, from the bus drivers and bus company owners, to the school staff and parents. Mr. Cooksey listens, takes quick, appropriate action and solves all concerns.
Hugh Cooksey – you are a proactive problem solver and a collaborative teammate. Your kind, caring demeanor shows your sincere and compassionate side. Your first commitment is to the students and their safety and this is evident in your prompt and thorough response to anything that arises. So on behalf of the Board of Education and the students, staff and parents of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, we are honored to recognize you as Employee of the Month for June 2016. Congratulations!