Site Coordinator Profile: Lisa Messick

Adult Evening Education's Sanderson High School site coordinator, Lisa Messick, is a Raleigh native that is a firm believer in volunteerism. She enjoys meeting and getting to know both the instructors and the students. Learn more about her below.

Where did you grow up, and what was it like growing up there?

As a native of Raleigh, I have seen many changes over the years with more buildings, more roads, and highways. It was nice growing up in Raleigh because it's centrally located in North Carolina. You are only a couple of hours drive away from the beach or the mountains.

What would you describe as your defining moments growing up?

My defining moment was December 14, 2019, when I graduated from college at 52-years old with my associate degree in accounting.

What are you most excited or passionate about today?

Volunteerism, I have been an active volunteer in the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Organization, on the local and state level for 15‐years. I choose to work with this service‐based program because it is one of the largest scholarship providers for women in the country. Many candidates who participate in the program can graduate college debt‐free with the scholarships they receive from the organization.

Where did you go to school and describe your experience?

I graduated from Millbrook High School in 1985. I was not nearly as active in high school activities as most high schoolers are today. During high school, I worked a parttime job; however, I enjoyed the activities my schedule permitted me to participate in and the friends I made. It was during this time I took my first accounting class and realized this was something in which I excelled.

Do you have one person that influenced your life for the better? If so, explain.

Harold Garner, with the Miss Garner Scholarship Organization, cultivated a love of volunteerism and service in me while volunteering with Miss Garner Scholarship Association.

As you know, we are always growing and learning. Is there any one thing you would like to take the time to learn?

I would love to learn to speak Italian. It is such a beautiful sounding language to me.

If you could share one bit of advice you've learned in life, what would it be?

You are never too old to learn something new.