Educators kick-off the new school year with breakfast

Pictured is Jeremy Marinis, head of school at Calvert Catholic Schools delivering the keynote address at the 35th annual Administrators and Educators Appreciation Breakfast Thursday morning.

Educators gathered to kick-off the upcoming new school year during the 35th annual Administrators and Educators Appreciation Breakfast Thursday morning.

The breakfast took place at The Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St., and is presented by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Services.

With 15 years of academic experience, Jeremy Marinis — Calvert Catholic Schools Head of School, delivered the events keynote address.

At a young age, Marinis said he knew he wanted to grow up to be a teacher. His parents were teachers, so education was something that has always been in his life, he said.

“As young teachers, you have the power and knowledge, in and out of the classroom, to reach students,” Marinis said.

Marinis said the impact can be simple as a “hello” to students.

“We all have the power to impact students every day,” he said.

It is important to listen and engage with students, Marinis said.

“We can learn as much from students as they can from us,” he said. “We can help students face the challenges they go through. We have the power to make a difference.”

Marinis recently served as the executive vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Tiffin University. He has a record of leadership experience, focusing on strategic planning and executing major initiatives to improve Tiffin University. Marinis has also volunteered at Calvert and his home church parish of St. Mary, Tiffin.

During the event, the Outstanding Educator Award was presented by Kristy Reinbolt of Mercy Health-Tiffin Hospital. Reinbolt presented the award to Pat Berman, an educator for over 40 years with Calvert Catholic Schools.

“She has always truly cared about the students,” Reinbolt said.

Reinbolt had Berman as a teacher and said she not only learned a lot but also learned many life lessons that have helped her grow in life.

“I am very blessed and have loved every minute of it,” Berman said.