Devoted Volunteer Receives Ambassador of Education Award T o show appreciation to the community members who dedicate their time and energy to support education, Mansfield ISD has introduced an Ambassador of Education Award. The award is given to a person who consistently demonstrates exemplary performance and committed service to Mansfield ISD. The recipient of the 2016 MISD Ambassador of Education Award is VanDella Menifee. Menifee is the PTA president at James Coble Middle School. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the MISD Education Foundation and various organizations throughout the community. “I am so honored for anyone to even recognize me in this way,” said Menifee. “I do it because I’m so passionate about people, education, and Mansfield ISD, and I thank everyone in the district who allows me to serve them in any way that I can.” Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas surprised VanDella Menifee with the award at the Employee Awards Banquet. The award was presented to Menifee at the 2016 MISD Employee Awards Banquet on May 9. Fifty Community Members Graduate from the MISD Leadership Academy M ansfield ISD parents and community members got the chance to go behind-the-scene to gain in-depth knowledge about the district’s operations and policies. The 50 participants, mostly nominated by school principals, were part of MISD’s newly-launched Leadership Academy. The program included monthly sessions that focused on specific areas of the district, including: curriculum and instruction, support services, athletics, school finance, and more. Questions and feedback were encouraged during every session. The first graduating class of the MISD Leadership Academy met every month to gain a better understanding about the district. 30 Mansfield School & Family “As a former MISD student, a former MISD employee, and now a parent in MISD, I still had so much to learn about the inner workings of our district,” said Stefanie Copeland, one of the program’s graduates. “After all that I have learned through this program, I couldn’t be prouder to not only say that I am MISD, but that our family will always be MISD.” The district plans to induct a new class of community members at the start of the 2016-17 school year.