On April 30, the Tyler Independent School District (TISD) Foundation will recognize the top 20 graduating seniors from both John Tyler High School and Robert E. Lee High School along with their most influential educators. A Night of Shining Stars is an annual event held at the Caldwell Auditorium in Tyler to honor students, faculty, parents, guests, and donors to the TISD Foundation.
As a board member for the Foundation, Jeanelle Riley Maland recognizes that a good education is the first step in securing a desirable future for our youth. “I have always been a strong supporter of public schools,” Mrs. Maland said. “The TISD Foundation is the perfect place to donate services and financial resources to help fund programs, such as A Night of Shining Stars, that are not otherwise funded by tax dollars.”
Mrs. Maland also serves as the chair of the Foundation’s honor roll committee. She is the current president of the Tyler branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a national organization that promotes equity and education for women and girls. Mrs. Maland has served as the AAUW games day chair, gala chair, and home tour chair.
“Volunteering and supporting organizations that promote higher education for young people, such as the AAUW and the TISD Foundation, is an excellent way to help our children have greater opportunities for more satisfying career prospects,” Mrs. Maland said. “Oftentimes when helping others, you end up receiving just as many blessings as the people your time and efforts have blessed.”
Born in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Maland has resided in Tyler for 18 years. She and her husband, David, have been married for 17 years. They are the parents of Dan Maland, the late Joe Maland, Megan Turner Jones, and Caleb Turner. Mrs. Maland is a graduate of Winona High School in Winona, Texas, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She holds her master’s degree in business administration from The University of Texas at Tyler. The Malands are members of First Christian Church of Tyler where Mrs. Maland serves as a deacon and has served as the worship chair.
“Volunteering to give of your time, which is considered a precious commodity these days, is one of the best things a person can do to help their community as well as grow as an individual,” Mrs. Maland said.