Brandy Cottrill-Cox, a 2001 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School, never forgot her Tyger pride or the teachers who encouraged her dream of becoming a teacher.
During her senior year Brandy enlisted as a transport operator with the Ohio Army National Guard. During her time in the military she earned a Purple Heart, an Army Accommodation Medal and a Humanitarian Service Medal.
A graduate of Kent State University, she received an associate’s degree in education technology and a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education.
“It means a great deal to be among Mansfield Tyger alumni,” Brandy said. “It’s an elite group of individuals who have a great understanding and unique appreciation for history, multiculturalism, community and perseverance.
“After two Iraq War deployments, I overcame many obstacles to graduate from college. I was born and raised a Tyger and to be a Tyger means to never, ever give up on your dreams. This is the message that was instilled in me from a very early age by the teachers and coaches at Mansfield City Schools.
Brandy has returned to the area with her family.
“I recently moved my family back to the Mansfield area because I wanted to rejoin the group of Tyger elites and serve the community that shaped the person I am today,” she said. “Currently, I am married and a stay-at- home mother of three.”