On the evening of May 12, 2011, at Caldwell Auditorium in Tyler, the Tyler ISD Foundation will recognize the top 20 graduating seniors from both Tyler ISD high schools at the fifth annual Night of Shining Stars. Each student is also given the opportunity to honor a faculty member who has helped guide them toward their high academic achievement. Foundation volunteer Lisa Preddy is a member of the committee working to create this special event for students, their families, and faculty members to receive accolades for their hard work and dedication.
“Mrs. Preddy represents ‘the involved Mom’ – a group not always given the gratitude that is due to them,” Larry Goddard, Executive Director of the Tyler ISD Foundation said. “She began as a campus volunteer, a PTA member, a PTA officer, a Junior League of Tyler, Inc. volunteer for the Tyler ISD Foundation, and has since been a Foundation director, a committee leader, and an event planner. Her longevity as a volunteer with Tyler ISD displays the dedication she has for the teachers and students at Tyler ISD.”
Outside of her volunteer service to the TISD Foundation, Mrs. Preddy is an active member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc., the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler, the Robert E. Lee PTA, and the Hubbard Middle School PTA. She served as the charter president of the Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary PTA in 2007 and was the executive secretary of the Tyler ISD PTA Council in 2008 and 2009. Mrs. Preddy is a recipient of the Texas PTA Life Member Award. She also served as executive secretary of the Tyler ISD School Health Advisory Council in 2009 and 2010.
“I truly love volunteering in schools or in any way that supports our school district,” Mrs. Preddy said. “If I can make the day better for a teacher or student, I have made my own day better in the process.”
Born in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Preddy has resided in Tyler for 17 years. She and her husband, Allan, have been married 22 years and are the parents of Alyssa, 16, and Aryn, 12. Mrs. Preddy is a graduate of Duncanville High School and earned her degree in elementary education and history from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Preddys are members of Day Spring United Methodist Church.
“Tyler is a city filled with people who not only talk about making a better community, but who also actively work together to make it better. I am so proud of the organizations that have trained me to be a better volunteer and made opportunities available where a difference was quickly made,” Mrs. Preddy said.