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Oxford School District Recognizes Parents of the Year

O S D Parents of the Year 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 Oxford School District Parents of the Year are (pictured left to right): Left to Right: Angela Manley, Kyle Still, Tara Denevan, Mary Beth Austin, Mary Margaret Case, Liza Fruge.

Tara Denevan, Oxford School District Parent of the Year

Tara Denevan, Oxford School District Parent of the Year

Oxford, Mississippi (March 26, 2019) — The Oxford School District has named Oxford Tara Denevan as the 2019 Parent of the Year. Denevan was selected as Oxford Elementary's Parent of the Year for her outstanding service as the fundraising chair for Check It Chargers, Love Packs food drives, Helping Hands, and Christmas gift drives. In addition, Denevan devotes her time as a substitute teacher and is “always willing to lend a hand whenever she sees the opportunity arise,” said Oxford Elementary Principal, Cindy Bigham.

Parents of the Year honored by the district during its annual parent involvement recognition program include:

Angela Manley, Bramlett Elementary School Parent of the Year

Angela Manley has been in a position of leadership for the Bramlett PTO serving as the Dr. Seuss week chair for the last four years. She has taught Charger Character Time lessons monthly, organized class parties and delegated responsibilities to other parents, and volunteered to help with any other activities when she was needed. Her child’s teacher said, “My class is so blessed to have her as one of our parents.” Mrs. Manley has three children: Mary Rhodes (1st grade), Paul (Pre-K), and Coy (2 years old).

Tara Denevan, Oxford Elementary School Parent of the Year

Tara Denevan has been a member of Oxford School District’s PTO for several years and is currently serving as a member of the PTO board at OIS. However, her commitment to serving our district and Oxford Elementary is evident by her cheerful presence and eagerness to enhance the support provided for teachers, administrators, and students. Mrs. Denevan’s commitment to the Oxford School District is clearly evident and it also extends into the community.She is a business owner of Bugzy Burlaps which provides door decorations for all of the OSD schools. She has two children in our district, Brody (5th grade) and Lyla (1st grade).

Kyle Still, Della Davidson Elementary School Parent of the Year

Kyle Still has coordinated several new programs and initiatives during her tenure as DDES PTO president. She played a huge role in the success of the new fundraiser that Della participated in this year. She has also been involved in organizing the Helping Hands program, the PBIS store, and the Reading Is Fundamental program, which provides a book to every third grader. She currently serves as an Oxford School District Foundation board member, and she consistently advocates for our teachers and students through this platform. Kyle has two children in the district, Andrew (1st grade) and Michael (4th grade).

Mary Beth Austin, Oxford Intermediate Parent of the Year

Mary Beth serves as the president of the Oxford Intermediate School PTO. Mary Beth is a visible leader and our teachers, staff, and students have all benefitedfrom her service. She works in the background and never seeks the spotlight. “We have always had amazing leadership with our PTO, but Mary Beth represents the best of the best,” OIS Principal stated. Mary Beth has two children in the district, Maggie (2nd grade) and Mariam (6th grade).

Mary Margaret Case, Oxford Middle School Parent of the Year

Mary Margaret Case supports the education of all students by serving as a Co-President of the PTO, coordinating social events for students, and supporting the extracurricular activities of Oxford Middle School. She is always available to help whenever we need her. She coordinates efforts for kids in need and teachers who may need extra support in their classrooms. Mary Margaret has three children in the district, Audrey (8th grade), Mary McLauren (9th grade), and Catherine (12th grade).

Liza Fruge, Oxford High School Parent of the Year

Supportive of our most at-risk students, Mrs. Fruge provides for the essential physical and emotional needs of our students to allow them to be successful. She mentors many of our students because she developed lasting relationships with them while they were at the middle school, and continues to support them emotionally by checking in with them and encouraging them to work hard. Liza has four children in the district, Guy (4th grade), Charlie (7th grade), Rosie (9th grade), and Don (11th grade).