School bus driver Ted Chaudoir honored at White House as a Champion of Change

Ted Chaudoir, center wearing white jacket, participates in a Champions of Change panel at the White House. Photo by Christina Brey.

Ted Chaudoir, center wearing white jacket, participates in a Champions of Change panel at the White House. Photo by Christina Brey.

Ted Chaudoir, a school bus driver from the Southern Door School District, was honored at the White House Wednesday as a Champion of Change.

The White House did a “Star Search” for “school support professionals in pre-K-12 and higher education who are doing extraordinary things every day in our nation’s schools.” And they found some extraordinary NEA members, including Ted, Wisconsin’s 2014 ESP of the Year and a proud WEAC member.

The White House Champions of Change website described Ted’s accomplishments this way:

Ted is a school bus driver and playground supervisor at Southern Door Elementary School in Brussels, Wisconsin. He also is founder of Southern Door County School District’s Books on the Bus program. The program started when Chaudoir brought a box of his daughter’s books to his bus for students to read on the way to school. Books on the Bus is now a district-wide program that connects students with books and keeps them engaged while riding the bus to school. Commute times go by more quickly for students and they arrive at school inspired and ready to learn. Chaudoir is the recipient of the 2014 Celebrate Literacy Individual Award from the Wisconsin State Reading Association. The award is given to an individual who exemplifies efforts beyond his/her normal duties to promote literacy in their community.

National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia applauded Ted and 11 other Education Support Professionals honored at Wednesday’s White House ceremony.

“We applaud their commitment to helping students succeed in school. Education Support Professionals are our public school’s unsung heroes,” she wrote in her blog. “They are dedicated professionals who serve their students; willing and generous role models who makes a difference in kids’ lives inside and outside of school; and advocates for public education.”

Ted’s comments on Wednesday’s panel of honorees:

Read more about Ted Chaudoir and Books on the Bus:

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Watch the entire ceremony and panel discussion: