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Centerville High School teacher named Ohio ProStart Teacher of Distinction

Mark Mitrovich is one of nine educators recognized by the organization

Mark Mitrovich, who teaches Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management at Centerville High School, has been recognized by Ohio ProStart as a 2019-20 Teacher of Distinction.

Mitrovich was one of nine educators to be honored in accordance with Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation (ORAEF) best practices and standards.

Mitrovich, who has taught at CHS for 12 years, said he is thankful for the opportunities he can offer his students.

“Every day is something new, and the students and I create an environment where they have ownership in their learning,” he said. “I enjoy connecting with students, helping them navigate through to their next steps after high school. Seeing students succeed, whether it is in the kitchen or following other passions, is very rewarding.”

Ohio ProStart is a national two-year high school training program that CHS follows to help develop the next generation of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry. Through the two-year Culinary Arts program at CHS, students learn industry standards and practices so they are prepared for post secondary education or career planning. They also have the opportunity to earn college credits and even become certified in ServSafe, a national standard in food service safety and sanitation.

Culinary Arts is part of the Career Education Program, which is a collaborative effort between Centerville, Kettering and Oakwood High Schools that offers 19 distinct programs for juniors and seniors.

“Working with great teachers like Mark through our Career Tech Education courses really helps students as they prepare for life after high school,” said Craig Suttman, the Centerville High School’s Career Education principal. “Gaining experience in a possible career path can strengthen their notion that this is really what they want to go into or even show them that they want to pursue something different.”

Centerville High School is part of Centerville City Schools, which serve about 8,000 students in Centerville and Washington Township in southwest Ohio, offering a variety of educational programs to a diverse student population. The district operates 13 school buildings, as well as two preschools and a bus facility accommodating and servicing more than 120 buses that also transports daily to 15 public and 20 non-public schools. Visit www.centerville.k12.oh.us for more information.