By Lora Scripps
A man dedicated to the education of more than 9,100 local students will serve as this year’s grand marshal in the 10th annual Reliance Bank Christmas Parade.
Dr. Tom Sisk is currently in his second-year as superintendent of Limestone County Schools.
“Dr. Sisk has been very supportive of the Reliance Bank Christmas Parade,” organizer Betty Christopher said. “His enthusiasm for community success is reflected through his positive role as Limestone County Schools superintendant.”
Sisk feels honored to be chosen grand marshal of the parade. “I am grateful to have this opportunity,” he said.
Sisk joined the system in June 2012, after 17 years with the Baldwin County public school system as the human resources supervisor. He also spent seven years in the Prince George County system in Virginia.
An educator at heart, beyond his most current positions, Sisk has served as a special education teacher, varsity coach in football, wrestling and women’s softball and as an assistant principal. He started his career in education in 1988.
The educator prides himself on being in touch with the Limestone County schools. He tries to visit a school at least once a week, even eating lunch with students. He has said his leadership philosophy is to “communicate, motivate and educate.”
He earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in special education at West Virginia University.
Sisk has community at heart. He is active in the Athens Rotary Club, the Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America, an organization he has been involved with locally, regionally and nationally for more than 30 years. He is also a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.
Beyond serving the community, Sisk has also served the nation as an Army officer.
Although Sisk is deeply involved with his work and community, he is also a family man. He and wife Jennifer, who he describes as his best friend, are the proud parents of daughters, Katie and Sarah, and son, Joseph.
“Limestone County is a great place to live, work and worship,” Sisk previously told The News Courier.
The Reliance Bank Christmas Parade will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. It was rescheduled from its previously announced Dec. 5 date, due to a strong chance of rain.
The parade route is from Athens High School, west on Hobbs Street, around The Square and south on Jefferson Street to Hometown Grocery.