Board of Education Vice President Kathy Mock was recently honored at the 36th Annual Ohio ESC Association Awards with the Outstanding Leadership Award, which is awarded to a current community leader who has personally rendered a specific leadership service which has significantly benefited all of the local school districts in the county school system, or educational service center office, or both.
Ms. Mock worked for more than thirty years as an early childhood teacher and nine years at Youngstown State University before she became the Director of Education and Initiatives for the Youngstown Mahoning Valley United Way. She coordinated several education initiatives including Success by 6, Success After 6, Young Women's Mentorship Program, and VELLO (a virtual reading program). She has been credited with bringing the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Mahoning County in 2014. Today, that program supports approximately 6,800 children and their families, and more than 9,000 Mahoning County children have graduated from the program.