Parents of the Year recognized by school district

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

Parents of the Year for the Choctaw County School District were honored during the March 8 School Board meeting. Each parents received a plaque for their dedication to their child’s school. Teachers at each school nominate different parents they feel have been supportive during the school year. Then the teachers vote on the nominees to award the Parents of the Year. Also honored during the meeting was the District Parent of the Year- Teri Cox. She was also chosen as the Weir Attendance Center School Parent of the Year. Each school Parent of the Year is presented by their principal to other administrators then all administrators vote for the District Parent of the Year. Anthony McGee, WAC principal, said Cox serves as the Booster Club president, helps with the PTO and “missed almost no sporting event.” He added that she helps whenever and where ever needed. Glen Beard, Jr., superintendent, said Cox does an outstanding job helping at WAC. The Ackerman High School Parent of the Year is Sheila “Tinker” Forrester. Robbie Denson, AHS assistant principal, said she would name Forrester the community member of the year if one existed. She said the Booster Club has named her the “concession stand guru” and that she provides snacks to students testing and after ball games plus provides many other help things to the students. Forrester also serves as 20th Century Club president and a Sunday school teacher at church. Jennifer King was named the Ackerman Elementary School Parent of the Year. Glen Blaine, AES principal, said King has only been in Ackerman for two years and is already serving as the PTO president. He said she helps with anything and called her fantastic. Blaine added that King is at every Grandparents’ Day taking photos of students and their grandparents. Lauren Chesser was named the Parent of the Year for French Camp Elementary. Stacey Johnson, FCE principal, said that Chesser was chosen for helping others with anything. He said she has three children at FCE and helps in the classroom and outside of the classroom. “She does so much to help out,” said Johnson. He added that one of the top reasons Chesser was chosen at Parent of the Year is her recent selfless act of donating one her kidneys to her father-in-law which saved his life. Also, Chesser’s husband is active military and will soon be leaving for Germany to serve our country.