Shelley Calhoun is an active volunteer in the Tyler community with much of her efforts focused on supporting the mission of the Tyler Independent School District (TISD). It was as a Junior League of Tyler, Inc. volunteer that Mrs. Calhoun first had the opportunity to become involved with the TISD Foundation. She served on the grants committee and “fell in love” with how much the Foundation cares about the students, teachers, and staff. She is now a member of the TISD Foundation Board of Directors. Mrs. Calhoun has served as president of the Moore Middle School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and also as a PTA board member at Robert E. Lee High School. She has been a volunteer at Andy Woods Elementary School and Hubbard Middle School as well.
“Our community is the ‘village’ where we support one another’s children and their well-being,” Mrs. Calhoun said. “Volunteerism has allowed me to do just that through PTA, the Junior League of Tyler, and the TISD Foundation. I fully support the Foundation’s mission to inspire learning, enrich teaching, and enhance opportunities for students through the support of exemplary programs.”
Mrs. Calhoun is currently working with the grants committee to review requests from TISD instructors and related support services. On Thursday, November 10, Foundation board members, volunteers, and staff, along with local veterans groups, will surprise each grant recipient with a Salute To Our Classroom Heroes check presentation. Grants totaling $60,000 will be given to support projects which meet the mission of the Foundation and the goals of TISD.
Other upcoming events for the TISD Foundation include The 18th Annual Gil Hitt Memorial Golf Tournament to be held on Friday, November 7, at Hollytree Country Club. This one-day tournament is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser. The Foundation’s three-month community drive will kick off the first week of November. The community drive raises funds that go directly into the classroom to help with programs not typically funded by state or federal government.
Born in Austin, Texas, Mrs. Calhoun has resided in Tyler for nine years. She and her husband, Waterson, have been married 20 years and are the parents of Will, 18, Jack, 16, and Grey, 14. Mrs. Calhoun is a graduate of The University of Texas at Tyler where she earned her bachelor ‘s degree in elementary education. The Calhouns are members of Marvin United Methodist Church.
“I find that volunteering is one of the most rewarding ways to give my time. Tyler has so many kind, generous, and active volunteers who serve with the amazing agencies and organizations that do so much for so many in our community,” Mrs. Calhoun said.