Dawn Chavez, a bus driver trainee for Tucson Unified School District, goes through five weeks of classroom instruction, driver training, third-party road testing, and Department of Public Safety training before she can accept students on a school bus. Chavez said she "likes to drive" and de…
Featured photos by Rick Wiley
Driver Dawn Chavez carefully navigates a construction zone on Valencia Road west of Tucson as trainer Frances Romero makes suggestions during bus driver training for the Tucson Unified School District west of Tucson on July 9, 2019. Trainees undergo up to 25 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
Rick grew up in Phoenix, graduated from Arizona State University, and interned at the Mesa Tribune. His first job was at the Tucson Citizen, where he covered UA football and basketball extensively, including the six NCAA tournaments. In 1995, he returned to Mesa as photo/graphics editor at the East Valley Tribune, where his staff covered the Super Bowl, the 2001 World Series, the NBA playoffs and two Fiesta Bowl national championships. He returned to Tucson in 2004 as the Daily Star's director of photography.