Central looks to recognize members that go above and beyond for the Association each year at the RA in April.

We need your help in nominating members. Below is a list of Central Awards.

Outstanding Local Grassroots Activist

To recognize outstanding service to a local by a member who is not a local officer. In order to receive consideration for the award, an individual must be nominated by their local leadership.

The Outstanding Education Advocate

The Outstanding Education Advocate Award recognizes the contributions of individuals and groups who have demonstrated exemplary advocacy for public education.

Contact the Awards Committee to make recommendations, or download one of the nomination forms here.

OEA Awards Each year OEA recognizes outstanding members and locals at their awards dinner in the spring. The applications for those awards are available on the OEA website and the nominations period opens in late November and closes the Friday of Martin Luther King Jr. week.

For more information about OEA Awards visit https://www.ohea.org/resources/scholarships-and-awards/

Awards Committee Members:


Amy Grittani (South-Western EA), Chair and Executive Board Liaison
Paige Harding (Gahanna EA)
Erin Stevens (Pickerington EA)
Tiffany Thomas (Hilliard EA)
Mary Binegar (OEA-R)
Sally Tamborski (S.C.O.P.E.)
Russell Hughlock – Staff Liaison

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