Michele Spears of San Bernardino was voted Grandmother of the Year by Barnes and Noble in Redlands.
Michele Spears of San Bernardino was voted Grandmother of the Year by Barnes and Noble in Redlands. (LaFonzo Carter/Staff Photographer)
Michele Spears - like many other women - is a loving grandmother.

The San Bernardino resident takes her two granddaughters, Kaylani, 6, and Jayde, 2, to the park and bakes them chocolate chip cookies.

But unlike many others, she was named "Grandmother of the Year" for 2012.

The honor came at the fourth-annual City of Readers Bookfair on Nov. 17 at Barnes & Noble in Redlands.

Accompanying the title were a trophy, a gift basket and a vase of flowers.

Spears, a single mom and grandmother, has two children and two grandchildren.

Although busy, her greatest challenge comes from head injuries sustained in a car crash 17 years ago.

"The doctor says I am permanently disabled," she said, "but I refuse to accept that."

Her son, Kameron Cain Spears, is a ninth-grader at Cajon High School in San Bernardino.

It was while Spears was attending an open house at Kameron's school that English teacher and City of Readers organizer Sheri Becar saw Spears carrying her two young granddaughters around.

Baby-sitting the girls did not keep Spears from attending an open house at her son's school.

Shortly after the open house, Spears received an email invitation from Becar to attend the City of Readers event.

Spears' daughter, Kaylynn Parker-Spears, 24, of Yucca Valley, is expecting a third child.

"My mom is a wonderful grandparent," said Parker-Spears, who has been attending classes at Concorde Career College-San Bernardino. "She takes care of them as often as she can and does her best to make them happy."

Spears, 42, keeps up with the active children.

"I help Kaylani with her homework" she said, "and we spend a lot of time playing and watching Disney movies."

In January, Spears will continue her classes in criminal justice at San Bernardino Valley College.

"I still have difficulties in understanding and problem-solving," she said, "but I can do it."


Reach Michel via email, call her at 909-386-3859.