Happy Trails to you, Donitta!
At East Coast Migrant Head Start Project, we greatly appreciate those individuals who dedicate their professional careers to serve our farmworker families. Donitta Turner became part of the ECMHSP family in May of 2000. Among her responsibilities, she provided training to bus drivers and bus monitors throughout the East Coast, which meant that she spent several months out of the year traveling. We are very grateful for all the years that she worked tirelessly to make sure that our children arrived safely to our Head Start Centers.
We recently were able to chat with Donitta about her time with ECMHSP.
How did you begin your career at ECMHSP?
I began at ECMHSP in May 2000 as a bus driver, then Lead Bus Driver, then Transportation Specialist and finally as Assistant Transportation Manager.
What is your fondest memory at ECMHSP?
Riding the bus with happy children singing all the way home.
Throughout all these years, how did you maintain strong relationships with ECMHSP staff?
By treating everyone with respect and dignity.
What will you miss the most about working for ECMHSP?
All the families and children. All the people I have worked so closely with and all the traveling from state to state, center to center.
What advice would you give to a new employee at ECMHSP?
Be your best while doing your best.
What do you look forward to now that you’re retiring and what does your family think of your decision to retire?
I look forward to going fishing. Spending time with my children and grandchildren who are just as excited as I am about having time to be with them.