GLEN ROSE – Since 1998 the Glen Rose ISD has honored 18 Glen Rose High School alumni who have gone above and beyond in the service of their alma mater with the Tiger’s Eye Award. After a brief, suspenseful drum roll, GRISD Superintendent G. Wayne Rotan announced Brenda Ransom as the 19th Tiger’s Eye Award winner.

“Today, I would like to honor and recognize our newest Tiger’s Eye Award recipient,” GRISD Superintendent Wayne Rotan said in a speech while presenting the award to Ransom on Monday in the GRHS Library. “This individual has selflessly given countless hours of service to Glen Rose ISD and the Tiger community.”

“This is very special. This school means so much to me,” Ransom told the Reporter after receiving the recognition.

Ransom graduated as an honors student with the class of 1967. As a GRHS student, she participated in a plethora of extracurricular activities and excelled in academics. She was a member of National Honor Society, the Tiger Pep Squad, and held leadership positions as a class officer and in Future Homemakers of America, Rotan said during his speech.

After her graduation from GRHS she enrolled at John Tarleton College, which has since become known as Tarleton State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She graduated early from college and came back to Glen Rose to become a teacher.

“I came back here as soon as I could,” Ransom said. “I graduated early so I can get back and get a head start on a teaching job. I always wanted to teach at the high school.”

She first began her teaching career in Glen Rose as a 3rd grade teacher, time she said she very much enjoyed. She ended her career at the high school teaching Content Mastery. Her total time teaching spanned 30 years.

“To say she impacted many children during her teaching career is a complete understatement,” Rotan said. “She made an indelible impression on her former students by giving them the tools and resources to fulfill their individual potential and become productive citizens.”

Though she’s not officially teaching in front of a classroom, she still dedicates her time to the school and its students as she volunteers her time as the local contact for Balfour, the company that provides the graduating class with caps and gowns.

“She continues to be an avid supporter and resource for the students at Glen Rose High School today. She currently serves as the local contact for Balfour and generously gives two scholarships - one in memory of her late husband, Doug Ransom, and another in memory of her late father, Harold J. Buzan,” Rotan said.

Today, Ransom is the owner of Country Peddler Antiques and Collectibles and as well as volunteering for Balfour, she volunteers her time for the Rodeo Association.

“As a member of the community, she was and still is, active in the Rodeo Association and is instrumental in the organization of the PRCA Rodeo that comes to town each March. She is also a local business owner and is the ‘go to’ person when there is a family or individual in need in our community. To this day, former students often stop by her store to visit and share with her how she impacted their lives,” Rotan said.

“I would like to thank the entire school and community because they are so important,” Ransom said. “It is special, everything is special.”