Mooreville woman named Lee County Schools' Parent of the Year

Lee County Schools' Parent of the Year Ashley Seals, back row, right, with her children, Riley, 7, and Tripp,  5, and Mooreville Elementary School assistant principal Baden Honeycutt and principal Meghan Cates.   

Ashley Seals has been named Parent of the Year for Lee County Schools. She is the mother of Riley, 7, a first grader in Christy Adkins’ class at Mooreville Elementary School; Seals and her husband Roger also have a son, 5-year-old Tripp, who will be in kindergarten next year. “I told them I don’t know what I did for this,” Seals said with a laugh. She formally received the award at the LCS school board meeting Monday afternoon. What she did was help out. Seals is a member of the MES Parents in Action group; she assists with the yearly teacher luncheon. She helps decorate the school for special days and weeks such as the 50th and 100th days of school and Dr. Seuss Week as well as supplies prizes for various class activities. “I’m here when needed,” said Seals. “In the past, I have been employed in school so I know how important it is for parents to be involved. Riley likes having Mom around.” Seals said this school year, since the coronavirus pandemic, her volunteerism – and other parents’ participation – has not been as involved as the previous year, Riley’s kindergarten year, when there were more activities, like field trips, that occurred before the spring closure of LCS schools. MES and other county schools are slowly returning to more normal activities even as they continue trying to prevent the spread of the virus. Seals was chosen by MES teachers to be the school’s Parent of the Year; the district winner is decided by an inhouse committee of district office employees based on assessments of the candidates’ applications and essays. Seals will compete for 1st Congressional District Parent of the Year, to be named next week. Congressional district winners will then compete for Mississippi Parent of the Year, to be determined next month. “I didn’t feel I was deserving,” Seals said. “I like to do background work. I don’t care to be in the spotlight.” MES Principal Meghan Cates corroborated Seals’ preference for “background work”: “Even with this being a difficult year, she still gave us ideas and got supplies in to us even though visitors have been limited,” Cates said. “She always goes above and beyond.” Cates added that MES enjoys a high level of parental involvement in school activities. Seals is employed at Harrisburg Baptist Church, where she serves as ministry assistant for children and senior adults. She and her family live in Belden. “We love Mooreville (Elementary School),” Seals said. “I am thankful Riley is going to Mooreville. I hope when both children are here, I can be as involved as possible. “I don’t see myself as any different than the other parents. I’m just glad to be able to help out.”

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