Mask makes a difference at MVES

Published 3:27 pm Monday, June 16, 2014

Kip Mask makes a difference for children throughout the city. (Contributed)

Kip Mask makes a difference for children throughout the city. (Contributed)

By SANDRA THAMES / Community Columnist

Kip Glasscox Mask has a realistic dream. “I dream of owning a funky, cool boutique with a variety of my creations, but at the same time I am completely content with my simple life.”

Turning trash into treasures and finding consistent ways to use “Kip Marie Creations” to give something new life is the main goal for Mask.

“I’ve been known to turn mens ties into diaper bags, shirts into bracelets and salvaged kitchen cabinets into coat racks,” she said.

Whether it is a baby, wedding, birthday, anniversary or any specialized gift, Mask has the creative, active mind that will help you come up with unique and personalized gifts.

Blessed with daughter Kori, age 16, who cheers for THS varsity just like mom did in the early ‘90s, and son Eli age 13, who plays golf at TMS and baseball, the Mask family is close and supportive of each other.

“At the end of the day, I know my children both have hearts for God and that I have spent my day working hard for them.”

Six years ago, Mask went to work as an aide for the Shelby County School System. After only a few years as a computer aide for kindergarten through third grade, Mask is hooked on her job, her students and her Meadow View family. Mask loves having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of her students. “The best thing about my teaching job is that these precious kids actually teach me how to be a better person,” she said.

Daughter of former THS coach, teacher and assistant principal Ellie Glasscox, Mask has many fond memories made with her dad.

“I was always his little sidekick, played dolls under his desk, learned how to tend a garden and learned from him that mud between your toes really does feel good,” she said. “He continues to teach, guide and help me every single day.”

Spontaneous road trips, watching “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”, following Alabama football, a full time job and being involved with activities of her children keep Mask a very busy gal.