Kimberly Freeman of Cincinnati, a counselor at Diamond Oaks Career Campus, was honored this week with the first annual Eric Scott Compassion Award, given by the Great Oaks Education Foundation.
The award is given to the Great Oaks associate who has best contributed to an organizational culture that embraces the diverse strengths and goals of students and associates.
In nominating Kimberly Freeman, instructor Anne Bangert wrote, “As a teacher, Ms. Freeman was one of the first Diamond Oaks advisors for Student Equity Council, and I had the honor of being her co-advisor for ten years. Throughout our time, I grew to respect Ms. Freeman as a woman who fights for the rights of others, constantly seeks the truth, and pursues learning at every chance. We tackled issues around race, gender, bullying, and respect. She always had her thumb on issues of equity and could translate them into meaningful activities and discussion for the students. As a counselor, Ms. Freeman continues to exhibit the same qualities and provide the same important services to students.”
The award is named in memory of Eric Scott, a long-time Great Oaks Career Campuses associate who passed away in March 2017. Scott was a founding member of the District Equity Council, a group dedicated to promoting respect, equity and success at each of the Great Oaks campuses. He served on the leadership of the Equity Council for nearly ten years.