Deshera Mack: a pillar to the community

Deshera Mack sadly passed away during her travels through Australia.

By Maggie Sperry

On Jan. 5, Deshera Mack sadly passed away during her travels in Australia. Mack was a woman known to many through her teaching years, and her principalship at Seawell Elementary and later Rashkis Elementary. Mack was beloved by all because of her big heart and loving spirit.

Deshera Mack sadly passed away during her travels through Australia.
Deshera Mack sadly passed away during her travels through Australia.

Michelle Wood, a colleague and good friend of Mack, described her as a very caring and optimistic person.

“I think one of the many things that made her special was her huge heart! She loved kids and people! She made it a priority to know all of her students and their families,” said Wood.

Wood also spoke about her most treasured memories with Mack.

“I think [the] most special ones would be staying late at school with her the day before the first day of school. She loved the first day of school each year. She would always be one of the last people to leave because she wanted to make sure the school was perfect and ready for the 500 smiling faces that would be there bright and early the next morning.”

Wood described her never ending legacy to the community.

“I think her legacy will be how many lives she touched and inspired to be the best they could be! She challenged her students and staff to expect the best in themselves and she pushed them to become the best!”

Wood also described how Mack was very proud of being involved with the building of Rashkis elementary.

Mack also was an active member of the community. She served on multiple community boards like the Walking Classroom and State Employees Credit Union. She also served as president of the Triangle Park (NC) Chapter of The Links.

Mack was an inspiring person that will continue to influence people through her lively, generous and kind spirit.

Photo courtesy of triangleparklinks.com

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