AAUW to honor Sheila Roley

Dena's Shop on the Corner, a participating merchant, with models Christiine Miles and Rinda Shea.

Sheila Roley will be honored with American Association of University Women’s Breaking Barriers Award for Women and Girls at the second annual “Spring into Fashion show” Saturday, April 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Astoria Golf and Country Club. The fashion show, sponsored by numerous fashion merchants from Cannon Beach to Warrenton, is the fundraising event for scholarships for women returning to school and girls who are the first in their family to attend college.

Roley will be honored for her accomplishments in promoting education and equity for girls and women not only in Clatsop County but throughout the state as a mentor for aspiring school leaders. This honor also provides $500 stipend which she can designate to the school or educational program of her choice.

Roley came to Seaside as a science teacher at Broadway Middle School in 1990. She later became principal of Cannon Beach Elementary, Broadway Middle School and Seaside High School. She was the first woman to become principal at the high school and then became the first woman superintendent of the district in 2016. As such she has influenced girls and women throughout the north coast encouraging their efforts to reach their potential.

Roley has served the educational community in numerous leadership roles locally and as an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College. She has been recognized statewide for her excellence in mentorship for new and aspiring school leaders.

Tickets for the dessert and style show may be purchased for $30 or $20 for students at Cannon Beach Book Company, Beach Books in Seaside and By the Way in Gearhart.

Participating Cannon Beach stores include Maggie and Henry’s, Dena’s Shop on the Corner and La Luna Loca.

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