City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris and City Council Recognize Joyce Mayberry as Recipient of Lancaster Community Contributor Award
During last night’s City Council meeting, Mayor R. Rex Parris and the Lancaster City Council honored Joyce Mayberry, as the seventh recipient of the City’s Community Contributor award. Mayberry was honored for more than 50 years of leadership and service to the youth of the Antelope Valley. Part of the City’s yearlong 40th anniversary celebration, the Community Contributors program recognizes those who have invested years of service into the community.
“The impact Joyce Mayberry has made on our community as a trailblazer in education is incomparable. Her selfless commitment to ensuring the children of our valley receive only the best education and access to after school programs has paved the way for multiple generations of leaders,” said City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Joyce has devoted much of her life to cultivating Lancaster’s young people, and for that she is the epitome of everything a Community Contributor should be.”
Joyce has a wealth of experience and vast knowledge of school and district operations. From her beginnings as an elementary school teacher and principal, to her years as an administrator for the Lancaster School District, Mayberry has focused her career on enriching the lives of her students, supporting her colleagues in their efforts, and enhancing the community through quality education.
“Joyce is extremely tenacious and hard-working. She is a woman who takes action and gets things done, but always with care and kindness. She is well loved by not only the students, but also by the staff of the Lancaster School District. She has helped create a wonderful team atmosphere here – more like a family really – and we all miss interacting with her on a daily basis now that she has retired,” said Lancaster School District Superintendent Dr. Michele Bowers. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving than Joyce for this award; she serves as a true inspiration to us all.”
Continually active in the community, Mayberry has retired twice. After her first retirement in 2000, she played an integral role in the founding of the Lancaster CARES program. The CARES program provides after school academic, physical, and social development for students in Title 1 schools. Joyce recently retired again in June 2017 from the Lancaster School District. She is still very much an influencer in the Antelope Valley, and is sure to be for many years to come.