Melissa Lohr named ‘Parent of the Year’ by Gifted Children Association


The Georgia Association for Gifted Children has named Melissa Lohr as their 2020 Parent of the Year.

Lohr, who serves as the parent liaison at Flat Rock Middle School, was nominated for the honor by gifted instructional coordinator Becky Ryckeley. Among the many reasons Ryckeley says she chose to nominate Lohr include her advocacy for the schools attended by her children, her assistance with helping parents and students transition from the closed Tyrone Elementary School to Crabapple Lane Elementary School, her leadership roles as PTO president at two schools, and her volunteer efforts to coach FIRST LEGO League teams at Crabapple Lane Elementary and Flat Rock Middle, as well as serving as a chaperone for chorus events.

Flat Rock Middle School Principal Jade Bolton supported the domination by adding that Lohr began volunteering at the school prior to her children’s attendance by painting murals and continued to volunteer following a cancer diagnosis. Bolton describes Lohr as “a dream parent” and says she is “funny, positive, support and works selflessly.”

The parent of the year award is presented to a parent who has demonstrated outstanding abilities in parenting the gifted child through involvement in and dedication to his/her school, community and state of Georgia.

Lohr will be recognized as the 2020 Parent of the Year at the annual Georgia Association for Gifted Children annual conference March 2-3 in Athens, Georgia.