2019 CSPTA Transportation Summit

10 Jun 2019 @ 7:00am MDT
13 Jun 2019 @ 5:00pm MDT

Event Details

The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association (CSPTA) is excited to announce the annual summer workshop being held this year at Cherry Creek School District. It will be another jam-packed week of learning and networking.


  • Arapahoe County Fairgrounds
    25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora, CO 80016
  • Cherokee Trail High School
    25901 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora, CO 80016
  • Cherry Creek East Terminal
    25001 E Belleview Ave., Aurora, CO 80016


  • Please register for the event below. NEW THIS YEAR, each participant is required to select the actual courses that they will attend on page 2 of the registration form. 
  • If you register for an All-Day Session on either Wednesday or Thursday, please don't register for an individual AM/PM course on those days.
  • TD 4 - Mountain Driving is a two-day course on Wednesday and Thursday. Register for this under "Full Conference" only. Seating is limited, and when this fills up registrants will be put on a stand-by list for first available.
  • Changes to courses that you register for will not be made on site. For questions, email cspta@msn.com.


  • Early Bird registration ends May 17 (end of day). After that, full-conference increases to $240. The last day to register for the event is May 31.
  • NOTE: As of June 1, we will not be able  to refund any fees, but you can transfer them to another individual.

Schedule of Events

  • Monday, June 10
    • 7:15 to 8 a.m. - Registration Check In
    • 8 a.m. - Welcome
    • 8 to 11 a.m. - Drug & Alcohol Presentation
    • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - CDE New Supervisor Training
    • 9:30 a.m. - Technician Contest Registration/Check In
    • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Technicians Contest
    • 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Lunch
    • 3 p.m. - Technicians Contest Begins
  • Tuesday, June 11
    • 6:30 a.m. - Roadeo Contest Check In
    • 7 a.m. - Roadeo Contest Begins
    • 7:30 a.m. - Technicians Contest Check In & CSPTA Car Show
    • 8 a.m. - Technicians Contest
    • 5:30 p.m. - Awards Banquet
  • Wednesday, June 12
    • 6 a.m. - Conference Registration Check In
    • 7 to 8 a.m. - Technician's Meeting
    • 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Conference Sessions
    • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Lunch
    • 1 to 4:30 p.m. - Conference Sessions
    • 5 to 9 p.m. - Vendor Show
  • Thursday, June 13
    • 6 a.m. - Conference Registration Check In
    • 7 to 8 a.m. - Technician's Meeting
    • 7 to 11:30 a.m. - Conference Sessions
    • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Lunch
    • 1 to 4:30 p.m. - Conference Sessions

Gene Henderson | Drug & Alcohol Presentation

Henderson Consulting and EAP Services was founded in November 2006 and is owned and managed by Gené Henderson, a veteran mental health specialist in the field of addictions. Henderson Consulting & EAP Services works with licensed counselors, subcontractors, and highly respected professionals in the State of Colorado. Since January 2007, Henderson Consulting & EAP Services has successfully managed to contract with over 40 businesses and workplaces along the Front Range. She is a favorite among CSPTA and local school districts.

Susan M Miller | Colorado Department of Education New Supervisor Training

Susan has more than 30 years of experience in the school transportation industry as a Driver, Special Education Paraprofessional, and Director of Transportation of Benzie Central Schools, and Traverse City Area Public Schools, in northern Michigan. For over 10 years, she was a Beginning, Advanced and Supervisor Trainer for the Michigan Department of Education. She also volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician for over 30 years. Susan is an accomplished pianist and vocalist, having performed with two former Grammy Award winning gospel artists.

As the School Transportation Unit Supervisor for the Department of Education since 2014, she continues to provide training statewide on a variety of subjects, and monitors public school and charter school district transportation operations compliance. Just prior to moving to Denver in 2014 with her husband
Randall to be near her children and three grandsons, she was the Executive Director of a start up for a countywide public transit bus system in northern Michigan. She is also the Chairperson of the Colorado Operation Lifesaver Board, Chairperson of the CDE Transportation Advisory Council, and the Western State Director for the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS).

Evalyn Park TD-2 Field of Knowledge - Practical Application

Evalyn has been with the Salida School district for 17 years the last 11 years as the director. Prior to working in the schools she was in the trucking/construction company prior to this for a total of 30 years.   She feels her she has a knack to be able to teach people how to drive and pre-trip vehicles so is able to use this skill in hiring drivers.  The best part of her job is talking with the kids seeing them grow.   In her free time: She enjoys spending time with her grandsons, swimming or just playing trucks, fishing with her husband on their boat in the summer, going camping, enjoying a good murder mystery, the old ones A favorite quote is:         

"The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.  Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still." 

Tim Ammons | Managing Risk in a Transportation Operation
Chief Business Development Officer, TransPar Group of Companies

 Tim Ammon is responsible for building client relationships and identifying opportunities for the TransPar team to collaborate on with our clients. He has provided transportation consulting services to school districts across the United States and Canada for more than 15 years, and has focused extensively on assisting student transportation programs of all sizes to develop the knowledge and experience needed to provide the most effective and efficient services on the market.

Dave C. Anderson 

David has been in transportation over 37 years starting as a Mechanic and most recently Director. His goal is to share my vast experience and knowledge of pupil transportation and fleet operations, will provide the support for all students to access safe and efficient transportation services, which will enhance every aspect of their education path. He is involved on the local, state and national levels to promote safe transportation to Colorado students for most of my career. He is most proud of the creation a Mechanic Apprenticeship program with cooperation from the U.S. Department of Labor for high school students attending vocational programs for AD12 & Cherry Creek Schools. This is the first program in the State of Colorado at a School District with U.S. Department of Labor.

Aaron Harris | TD/TSD-1 Special Needs Laws and Equipment

Aaron Harris is the National Sales Manager for BESI, Inc. He has worked with BESI for over 13 years and is involved with multiple national organizations and committees involving child passenger safety and special needs transportation including the newest rewrite of the NHSTA trading manual. His professional passion is helping transportation professionals develop products and procedures to safely transport people with special needs. He is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and works with hospitals, fire and EMS services to demonstrate the proper use and installation of car seats and other safety products. Aaron lives in Clayton, NC with his wife Allison and their three pets.

Brian Vasina | Presenter

Brian Vasina is the current fleet manager for Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs. I have worked in many capacities in the vehicle maintenance field over the past 40 years. I have worked as a master technician earning ASE Master status in seven areas, I also have worked as a CDE Transportation Analyst for 5 years. I am CDE annual inspector certified and also a CDE Hands on tester. I am part of the NCST writing Committee for School Bus Inspection and have presented at conferences on a national level.

Glenn Sykes | TD/TSD-1 Special Needs Laws and Equipment

Glenn Sykes is the Director of Transportation for Alamosa School District. In this role, Glenn leads a team in ultimately providing the best and safest transportation. Prior to starting his career in the school transportation business, Glenn spent ten years as an over-the-road truck driver, a large equipment operator, and a farmer. In 2016, Glenn became a co-facilitator of the High Mountain Pupil Transportation Training group, which is a training group based in the San Luis Valley that brings a variety of continuing education opportunities to numerous schools across the State. He is very passionate about the safety of our students and provides training and consulting services that help the mechanics of the San Luis Valley stay compliant and as low risk as possible. Glenn is currently listed as a CDE Annual Inspector and is looking into becoming a hands-on tester for the Annual Inspectors. In his free time, Glenn enjoys working on his farm, hunting, driving his Semi truck,spending time on the ranch, and spending time with his family. To contact Glenn please email gsykes@alamosa.k12.co.us.

Becka Sykes | TD/TSD-1 Special Needs Laws and Equipment

Becka Sykes is the Director of Transportation for Sargent School District and the Driver Trainer for Alamosa School District. In these roles, she manages an amazing team of drivers and provides all aspects of school transportation training for both school districts including CDL and Special Needs. Before joining Sargent School District in 2018, Becka worked for Alamosa School District as a Special Needs and activity driver, and for Moffat Consolidated Schools as an activity driver. Beginning in 2016, she became one of the co-facilitators of the High Mountain Pupil Transportation Training which is a training group based in the San Luis Valley that brings a variety of continuing education opportunities to numerous schools across the State. Becka is very passionate about special needs, and the safety of our students. Additionally, she provides training and consulting services for Operations Management. Becka is also currently the Chair of the CSPTA Trainer Committee, the Secretary of the CSPTA Special Needs Committee, and a member of the CDE Transportation Advisory Committee. In her spare time, Becka enjoys working with her horses, hunting, reading, and spending time with her family. To contact Becka please email rsykes@sargent.k12.co.us.

Lea Holland | Restorative Practices

I have reached out to the judges who all participated to get their feedback and opinions.  Did we have Americas Best?  Nope.  Could they be one day? Sure.  Is Americas Best out there?  YES 

We are all in agreement (SPED judges) things can and should be done differently.  These events bring a unique and very valuable option for individuals.  After talking with Jana there is understandable uncertainty if these components will be with America’s Best and/or the NAPT Summit.  Again we are all in agreement there is a place there for it just questions where and how.  A common concern has been the communications which gave minimal time to develop, schedule and plan the event.  I am not saying an issue with Jana as I am thankful for the scheduled calls rather decisions or indecision occurring among the board etc.  Communications and marketing were confusing and we did not brand these events appropriately. Learn more from Lea in this session.

Julie Ellstrom | Restorative Practices

Julie Ellstrom: D49 Transportation Student Management Liaison: Julie has been with District 49 since 2011, serving in several capacities. She has served as a Special Needs Para, Special Needs Bus Driver, Gen Ed Bus Driver, Fees for Service Technician, and Student Management Liaison, and also the popcorn popper for the Transportation Staff on Fridays! Julie feels that all of these roles have been rewarding and challenging in the fastest growing school district in the Pikes Peak Region. She orchestrates school bus safety in the district starting with pre-kindergarten, touring with Buster the Bus, all the way to the upper grades holding orientations at the high school level. Julie works very closely with drivers, to assist them in creating the safest environment possible for their ridership.

This year we are not having a “HOST” hotel, but the following is a local hotel nearest to the events.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
24192 E. Prospect Avenue

Aurora, CO  80016

More information coming soon!

Have questions about courses or need help logging into your account? Contact cspta@msn.com

Please note: There is not a phone number available to call CSPTA, as we are a volunteer organization. If you can please email us a member of the organization will return your call within 24 hours. Thank you.

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Technician's Full-Conference
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Single-Day Ticket: Monday, June 10
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Single-Day Ticket: Wednesday, June 12
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Single-Day Ticket: Thursday, June 13
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Awards Banquet - Adult
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Awards Banquet - Child
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Vendor Show Only (Not for Exhibitors. Included in price for Full-Conference, all other attendees will need to purchase a ticket.)
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10 Jun 2019 @ 7:00am MDT
13 Jun 2019 @ 5:00pm MDT

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