April 10, 2018 – Graphic Design Instructor Trisha Marlow has been named the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Technology Schools Teacher of the Year from Moore Norman Technology Center. Additionally, MNTC Automotive Service Technology student Jaden Head was selected as the MNTC Technology Student of the Year.
Marlow and many others who work in public and technical education took honors in multiple categories and received their awards during the SOKC Chamber’s annual Excellence in Education award banquet recently held at MNTC’s South Penn Campus.
Marlow is a National Board Certified Teacher and has taught the full-time Graphic Design class at MNTC for 14 years. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Trade and Industrial Education and a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma in Administrative Leadership. She worked at the Edmond Evening Sun newspaper, at ThinkingCap as a designer and partner for more than a decade and also with Ivie Marketing and Communications prior to teaching at Moore Norman.
She said one of her greatest achievements at MNTC was developing Stellar Creative Group, a student led advertising agency which provides students with the opportunity to work on real projects for small businesses and non-profit organizations within the Moore and Norman communities. Another achievement is co-creating a cross-curricular project providing opportunities for students to showcase their design work including event advertising campaigns and poster designs for student short films for the Digital Video Production program's Red Carpet Film Festival.
"I have always loved teaching. When I was young I would line up my stuffed animals and give them classes on learning the alphabet. I guess that just never went away. Now I teach typography, the art and science of type and letters. I have always had a passion for art and design and teaching at Moore Norman has allowed me to merge both of my passions together into one career."
"Another reason I love teaching is to build relationships and make a difference. I got a text from one my past students just this week that said, 'Hey, Marlow! I just want you to know that you are the best teacher, mentor, and mother I could have ever asked for. Thank you for being in my life.' How great is that? What other career could I have that gives me that kind of love," Marlow said.
Head is a Southmoore High School senior and is finishing a second year of the AST program. He is a member of the SkillsUSA student organization and is a concurrent student with Oklahoma City Community College.
“This program helped me get ahead in the industry much sooner. I did an internship last spring and was able to take on full-time work with Eskridge Honda soon after. I’ve been working with them full-time since while finishing high school and doing classes through OCCC. It’s been great,” said Head.
At Eskridge, Head works on vehicles with recalls, does product updates, alignments, maintenance and repairs. He said although he is the youngest employee, he’s confident while working because of the training and leadership skills he gained while at MNTC.
He’s completed all 10 of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications and wants to become a Honda Certified Master Technician. He hopes to begin that path by enrolling in OCCC’s new Honda PACT program: a two-year Professional Automotive Career Training program.
After graduation in May, Head will continue to work at Eskridge Honda, but knows with his ASE and continued education in the automotive industry, that he is employable anywhere.
For more information about MNTC’s Graphic Design or Automotive Service Technology programs, or to learn about other full or part-time career options, visit here or call 405-801-5000.
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