There were few dry eyes in the house during the fifth annual Phyllis Dodd Parent Recognition and Appreciation Reception held at Shields Elementary School on Thursday night.

Dr. Brenda Flowers, deputy superintendent and chief academic officer for Red Oak ISD, was overcome with emotion as she read testimonials by Red Oak students extolling their parents.

“I've never been able to get through this without crying,” she said to an audience of about 100 parents, students and school administrators, which included ROISD superintendent Scott Niven.

After a concert by the Red Oak High School under the direction of Natalyn Whitis, Parent of the Year nominees were recognized and finalists were announced.

From Red Oak Elementary School, winners were Macaria Hernandez, mother of second-grader Ana Lopez, and Richard Bannister, father of Sara Bannister, fourth grade.

Wooden Elementary winners were Mary Stiefer, mother of Magen Stiefer, third-grader, and Clayton Hancock, father of kindergartner Sarah Hancock.

Eastridge Elementary winners were Wendy Faulkner, mother of first-grader Brooke Faulkner, and Clifton “Chad” Wammack, father of Carsen Wammack, first-grader.

Shields Elementary winners were Tina North, mother of Emily North, fourth-grade student, and Michael Heimbuch, father of Zachary Heimbuch, fourth-grader.

Red Oak Intermediate winners were Jessica Hill, mother of Angelina Perez, fifth-grader, and Jaime Carrillo, father of Giovana Carrillo, sixth-grader.

Red Oak Junior High winners were Tammy Dowdy, mother of Christopher Dowdy, seventh-grader, and David Weither, father of Warren Weither, seventh-grader.

In Red Oak High School, the winning mother was Jacqueline Smith, grandmother of Jacquelynn Abamu, ROHS 11th-grader, and the winning father was Charles McMillan, father of Paige McMillan, 11th-grader.

At the close of the presentations, Dodd’s son, Jason, and his daughter, Annie, gave acknowledgements to the crowd for the ceremony.

“My mom would have been so pleased with this presentation tonight,” Dodd said. “And because she was a very practical person, I believe she would have wanted to give out prizes that would be very practical and useful.”

Dodd drew names from the crowd and awarded four people with $50 gift cards to a local merchant.

After the conclusion of the presentations, refreshments were served to the crowd.

Contact Paul at or 469-517-1450.