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Getting to know you; Lacey Mosby

Lacey Mosby, North Hancock Elementary’s Family Resource and Youth Services Center Coordinator, grew up in Hawesville near Vastwood Park.  She and her family spent many evenings at the park with little league and softball and enjoyed the playground and walking trail.  Lacey played volleyball, Summer League Softball and tennis. She graduated from Hancock County High School in 2008.
Lacey’s mother was a stay-at-home mom for a number of years while she and her two younger brothers, Corey & Dylan, were growing up and took them to volunteer regularly.
“We did a lot of volunteering from elementary age and up, such as at our local food pantry and I think that really was one of the main factors in the job that I do today and why I’m so passionate about giving back to others and serving others,” she said.  Lacey said that is likely why they all chose professions in the service field. Corey is an Indiana State Trooper and Dylan is a fire fighter at the Owensboro Fire Department. Their parents are Greg & Jill Brown.
After high school, Mosby attended Owensboro Community Technical College while also working at Bath & Bodyworks and  then transferred to Kentucky Wesleyan College after earning most of her general education requirements. She planned on teaching middle school and then felt that God was leading her down a different path, she said.
She looked online at the degrees offered at Western Kentucky University campus in Owensboro and found one that caught her eye. “One of the positions listed was Family Resource & Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) and I knew right then that was exactly what I wanted to do,” she said. She dove right in and earned her Bachelor’s in Family Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies.
While earning her degree she worked for Buckman Laboratories at Domtar in Hawesville for 5 years. After graduation from WKU, she was After School Director at NHES and worked closely with Pam Allard, FRYSC Coordinator at the time. When Pam retired, Lacey applied for the position and started in 2015.
“I just knew it was going to be a perfect fit for me and not feel like a job, but a ministry. I love coming in every day and every day is different. I love seeing the kids. It’s the best job ever,” she said. “To be able to stay in my home town and continue to give back to my community is such a blessing. I’m very thankful that I was given the opportunity to serve in this position.
What’s really nice about the family resource centers is that you kind of get to make it your own and look at the needs of your school and your community and are able to plan things and provide opportunities for your families based on what you see and the feedback they give you.
I try to do some small groups with students and reading one-on-one with students who need extra assistance. I’m not in a position like a teacher where I get to be with the kids all day, so I try to make sure that I can do some of those small groups and one-on-one time. They brighten my day and I try to work those times with them into my schedule.”
Lacey met her husband, Michael, when they were in high school. They started dating their sophomore year and have been together ever since. They married on January 1, 2012. He played 4 years with the Baltimore Orioles and is currently the Health & P.E. Teacher at HCHS.  They are blessed with a son and a daughter, Reid & Wren. Reid will be 4 in November and Wren will be 3 in February. “They are my life,” Lacey said. “They are amazing.”
The family attends Revive Community Church in Hawesville and they help teach the Children’s Church. “We try to give back as much as possible to the community and that’s one of the things I love most about our church,” she said.
Mosby serves on the Hancock County Early Childhood Council, the ASAP Council and the Health Office Council, as well as the Leader In Me Lighthouse Team, which includes PBIS (promoting positive behavior) and MTSS (intervention for academics) teams at NHES.
She and NHES Counselor Sona Miller started an after-school program called “Girls on the Run”; an 8-week program for fifth grade girls that empowers them in building confidence, kindness and decision-making skills.
Part of the program incorporates physical activity through running and walking and Lacey started running with them. They ran a 5-K together in May this year in Louisville.  Lacey also ran another 5-K in June at the Lewisport Heritage Festival.
Lacey and her family enjoy being outdoors – walking, hiking and working in the yard. They started a vegetable garden in 2020 and enjoy working in it together. Wren & Reid love watching it grow. Another favorite activity is reading to them before bedtime, she said. They also take local trips, such as to Holiday World and the Louisville Zoo.
Mosby places quotes and positive affirmations around her office as reminders and said that 2 of her favorites are (both by C.S. Lewis): “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching,” and “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”
By Jennifer Wimmer

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