Stella Porter honored as Lafayette school bus driver of the year _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Parish Bus Driver Stella Porter is greeted with balloons and flowers as she makes her stop at J.W. Faulk Elementary Wednesday morning in Lafayette. Porter was selected as this year's Bus Driver of the Year for the Parish.

Lafayette Parish School System bus driver Stella Porter was surprised Wednesday morning with news she was selected as school bus driver of the year.

Porter has been employed by the school system since 2001 and drives special education students for J.W. Faulk Elementary School.

The school system asked the public to vote online for their favorite bus driver for the honor. At least 2,250 votes were cast and Porter received nearly 800 votes, shared assistant transportation director Brad Duhon.

Interim superintendent Burnell LeJeune and other school system officials greeted Porter Wednesday morning to recognize her with the honor.