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OACTE honors four of Great Oaks’ finest

Four Great Oaks associates were honored by the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (OACTE) in Columbus for their dedication towards advocating for not only Great Oaks, but career-technical education as a whole.

Brian Marimon of Green Township was named the Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year. Brian is an Automotive Collison instructor for Great Oaks and an ambassador for all high school and adult programs at Great Oaks.  As a graduate of the Automotive Collision program, Brian is passionate about career-technical education.

2018 OACTE award winners from Great Oaks

From left:  Great Oaks President/CEO Harry Snyder, Nancy Mulvey, Brian Marimon, Jen Frith, David Yockey

Before coming to Great Oaks, Brian gained experience in his field at a local automotive dealership and also with an aerospace company. Once he returned to Great Oaks to teach, he quickly became involved in advocating for the district. Marimon organized for Great Oaks to have a booth at the Cavalcade for Customs trade show in southwest Ohio. This booth showcases outstanding students’ work from multiple different programs.

Jen Frith from Morrow was honored by OACTE as an Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher. Jen has only been with Great Oaks for a short period of time, but has revitalized the Law Enforcement program at Great Oaks.

Before Jen came on board, the Law Enforcement program was experiencing low enrollment. Frith recommended changes to curriculum and got her students more involved in the community which helped spark renewed interest.

Jen was the first female patrol officer for the city of Deer Park before becoming an instructor at Great Oaks. She keeps in contact with her colleagues so that her students can be connected to local professionals while they are still in school. Her work with the program and the students has improved passage rates for professional certifications and got many new students involved with SkillsUSA.

Nancy Mulvey, Director of Student Services, received the Ambassador Award for her involvement in the advocacy of career-technical education. Nancy has been with Great Oaks since she began her career as a math teacher in 1986. Since then, she has worked to bring school-based mental health programs to Great Oaks, led a redesign of special education delivery, and been involved in different relevant committees and boards.

Mulvey is a founding member of the District Equity Committee, serves on the national NCLA Board, is a member of the Sharonville Chamber of Commerce, a member of aspiring superintendents, and is a four time OACTE Pacesetter Award winner.

Nancy also individually mentors students through school and beyond. She spends much of her time making sure Great Oaks is well known in the community and continues to advocate for career-technical education.

Great Oaks Board of Directors Chair David Yockey from Milford received recognition as an Outstanding School Board Member by the OACTE. Yockey has been a part of the Great Oaks Board since 2002. David served two years as Vice-Chairperson, was committee leader of the Education, Program Design and Evaluation Committee and was a part of the Administrative and Human Resources Committee.

Yockey is a former high school teacher and director of adult education, but now stays busy with his dedication to the Great Oaks Board of Directors as well as being a member of the Milford Board of Education. David is an advocate for career-technical education and  students.

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