Rebecca Reed never saw herself as a career school bus driver.

"This job was only supposed to be temporary, but I didn't realize that I was going to love it so much," Reed said.

Now, she's a 14-year veteran in Windsor. Having spent the last ten years driving kids of all ages to school and back on the same route, she's become an essential part of many childhoods.

"One of my favorite things about the job is seeing the kids go from tiny, itty bitty little kids with a lot of energy to young grown adults," Reed said.

But Reed is part of a slowly endangered species throughout her district, as the Windsor Central School District faces an increasing driver shortage.

"As I've moved along in this position we've had more and more of a shortage," said Christopher Durdon, Director of Transportation for the district. "It just continues to increase. Not just in the Windsor school district. Really, everyone in the region and across the state."

To combat this, Durdon and his drivers pull out all the stops at their open houses.

Even going as far as to let prospective candidates get behind the wheel.

"See how easy they drive, take away a bit of that apprehension and really give you a feel for what it's all about," Durdon said.

The hope is that with a little direct exposure, candidates will leave hooked just like Reed was all those years ago. Anyone can have that same chance at the job, just by giving a quick call to the District's office at 607-655-8242.

"We will set up a time for you to come down at your convenience," Durdon said. "We'll set up a time for you to get behind the wheel of a bus."

The only thing you need to bring is the willingness to try.

"Don't be afraid to try it," Reed said. "If you love children, this is an amazing job where you can make a difference in their lives."