Board Member Gets Unexpected Honor

Shelia Riley receives Award

Board Member Gets Unexpected Honor

From left, Delta Kappa Gamma President Barbara Jepsen, DCS Board Member Shelia Riley, and Angie Couch, Chairman of the Professional Affairs Committee who makes the selection for the Red Rose Award.

     Roses were the order of the day for one school board member of the DeSoto County School District.

     At an October DCS Board Meeting, members of the Delta Kappa Gamma’s Alpha Delta Chapter surprised Shelia Riley, DCS Board Member--District 4.  She received the organization’s Red Rose Award.

     Every two years, the chapter honors a woman in education who resides in DeSoto, Marshall, or Tate counties.

     Barbara Jepsen, president of the Alpha Delta Chapter and former principal at Hernando Elementary School, pointed out that Riley was chosen for her 26-year career with DeSoto County Schools and for her current work in an elected position as school board member with Mississippi’s largest school district. Riley is serving her second term.

     “We laud your dedication and advocacy for education in our community and the example you serve for women to run for office and serve as leaders,” Jepsen said.  “You have greatly impacted the lives of countless children and youth in our country, and we thank you.” 

     Shelia Riley worked at Hernando Middle School as a Title 1 Instructional Assistant in reading and math for 7th/8th grades. She continued her employment with DeSoto County Schools at the Board of Education.  She worked in Personnel and Professional Development.

      Riley assisted in the development of the Continuing Education Program for DCS teachers. She is a retired member of the Mississippi Association of Educational Office Professionals and a "Who's Who Historical Society Inductee for Achievements in Professional Management." Riley graduated from Hernando High School, attended Northwest Mississippi Community College, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.