On May 7, 2015, the Cincinnati Board of Education announced that a West End volunteer, Michael Beck, has won the 2015 CPS Education Pinnacle Award.
He was nominated for the award by the Hays Porter Elementary School.
Michael has been volunteering in CPS for the last 10 years, starting at the AMIS (Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies), where he organized the SHPE Robotics Club, and was also part of the LULAC Young Readers Program, SHPE Science Day, International Pi Day, and the recent celebration of National Robotics Week: April 4-12
At AWL (Academy of World Languages), Michael has co-organized for the last five years the "AWL International Festival"
He also supported the SHPE Junior Chapter at Withrow University High School.
At Hays Porter Elementary School and Taft Information Technology High School, Michael is focusing on building a pipeline of diverse IT Students to strengthen Cincinnati’s economy and prepare our region for the jobs of tomorrow. In addition to computer training and Web Development classes, this included participation in the worldwide "Hour of Code" event, both in Hays Porter Elementary School and Taft Information Technology High School
Graduate of Leadership Cincinnati (Class 34), he serves on various Boards, among them Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Cincinnati USA, SWORWIB (Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board), SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers), UC School of Information Technology Advisory Board, XOOPS Foundation, City Manager's Advisory Group, and on West End Community Council.
For his community service he received many awards, among them LULAC Presidential Commendation Medal, Ohio Hispanic Leadership Award, Nuestra Familia Award from Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, Community Award from Links, Inc., and twice the "Spirit of Cincinnati" Award from Cincinnati CVB.
For the last 7 years he volunteers as a project coordinator for XOOPS, an Open Source Content Management System, which received several international awards.
Michael tirelessly promotes building bridges between cultures and nations. He speaks five languages: English, German, Spanish, Polish, and Russian.
In his spare time Michael teaches and promotes Salsa dancing, incl. breaking in 2014 the Guinness World Record in largest Salsa dance. He also holds Black Belt in Taekwondo, and is 2000 & 2001 US Champion in Full Contact Sparring.
About the CPS Education Pinnacel Awards
Cincinnati Public Schools has worked hard to become the best-performing urban district in Ohio. We achieved this milestone thanks to strong collaboration with community allies who share our commitment to the success of each individual student in our district.
Within our supportive community are individuals whose contributions to public education in Cincinnati have been instrumental to our success. To recognize their efforts to accelerate achievement in Cincinnati Public Schools, the Board of Education will present the annual Education Pinnacle Award. The award will be presented during a special ceremony in May at one of the Cincinnati Public Schools.
Who is Eligible?
Nominations will be accepted for individuals who are advocates for public schools and whose efforts have been instrumental to improving outcomes for students and enhancing support for schools. These individuals demonstrate the highest level of commitment to students’ success. Nominations require specific examples of efforts made to enhance the quality of education our students receive.
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