Congratulations to 2020 Mississippi Parent of the Year!
The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced today the 2020 Mississippi Parent of the Year is Lisa McCusker, a mother of two children in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District.
The school district nominated McCusker for her countless hours of working with school personnel on a multitude of projects. She provided opportunities that will make long-lasting impacts on the lives within the district and remained compassionate about getting the work done. McCuster is optimistic that with parental support, students will be successful.
McCusker stated that her most challenging and most rewarding project within a school has been serving within the Gautier High School Band Parent Association (booster club). She also played a huge role in the creation of an inaugural Swamp Classic, the first marching band competition hosted in the Gautier area.
“I congratulate Mrs. McCusker, who represents the hundreds of parents who volunteer in schools across the state, supporting teachers, leaders and students as they work toward success. I am grateful for their dedication and hard work in making Mississippi’s schools the best they can be,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education.
McCusker is known for her great service in the school district and in the community. She works to modernize the district’s parent recruiting and volunteer organization, has a hand in nearly every band function, and ensures the logistics of making sure students well-cared for and fed.
Research has repeatedly shown that parental involvement is a critical factor determining the academic success of students. As part of the annual Parent of the Year program, the MDE asks each district to select an outstanding parent who has made a significant impact on school improvement efforts in the school district.