By Tammy Moore Teague
In our third edition of Hometown Highlight, we are featuring a resident whose name is quite synonymous with volunteerism and selfless giving. Her name is Amanda Wilson and she was voted nearly unanimously to be featured in this month’s Highlight.
“I love what I do,” summed Wilson. Citing her only regret, “not being able to do more!”
Wilson and her husband, Marty, moved to Mansfield from Albuquerque in 2011. Right away she became involved with the school. “Before moving here I had a full time job and was unable to help at my son’s school. Since moving here I had free time and wanted to be a part of the school and more involved with my son’s activities.”
The couples son, Wesley, is a freshman at Mansfield High School. Her passion and involvement with the school gave way to her working as a substitute teacher with the district. Additionally, she made her mark as President with the Mansfield Parent Involvement Committee. “I love all the people and kids I work with,” Wilson said. “It is hard to put into words, I just love being able to help!” Perhaps her greatest achievement while working with the committee has been the annual fall festival at the high school, complete with carnival games, food, and a bounce house. “The teachers who wish to participate and run their own booth keep the money for the ticket sales for their grade level. It’s a community event and it benefits the kids and schools.” This year will mark the fifth year Wilson has been in charge of the festivities.
In addition to her work with the MPIC, Wilson has also been heavily involved with little league baseball/softball, basketball and soccer. This year Wilson will embark on a new chapter as she begins working with the Booster Club for the Tiger’s football team.
The school district hasn’t been her only focus. Wilson has been working behind the scenes with Mansfield’s Mayor Mike Gipson, organizing the inaugural Mayor’s 5k run. “I love Mansfield,” she added. The feeling is mutual in our community. Peers like Miranda Allison who nominated Wilson by saying “words cannot describe all that she has done for our schools and community.” Others include Mansfield’s Middle School Counselor Rhonda Bullard who said “Amanda is always helping out the kids and staff at our school. Clothes, food, supplies, or time, Amanda has always been one who goes above and beyond to help! I think she is a wonderful asset to our community.”
The list of of nominations and kind words were befitting Wilson, and it has been a pleasure to feature her in this month’s Highlight. “I am so humbled and appreciative to be nominated,” she responded. “My feelings are so hard to put into words. Volunteering started out as something to fill my days and to be more involved with my son, but it has turned into so much more! I have made many friends, who have become more like family! I have to give credit to my family for their support. They have dealt with a messy house, no dinner on the table at time and my projects spread all over the house, I love you guys! Go Tigers!”
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By Tammy Moore Teague