Catherine Silver McNamara Award Winner Announced

Intermediate and Middle School World Languages teacher Marival Quesada was named the 2019-20 recipient of the Catherine Silver McNamara Award today.
Each year, parents and teachers nominate members of our faculty or administration for outstanding service to student achievement. A winner is then selected by a committee, which composed of the head of school, last year’s McNamara recipient, a faculty representative who has served OTS for over 20 years, the president of the OTS Parents' Association, and a member of the Board of Directors. 

"Marival is a highly deserving educator, a compassionate human being, and is beloved by both colleagues, students and parents," said Old Trail Head of School Sarah Johnston. "She gives her all every day and then some, and has taken risks and pushed the envelope with pedagogy to ensure amazing results for our students. I am very honored to watch her in action and believe she embodies the best of teaching practices on a daily basis. There is a real sense of gratitude for what she has brought to our school and our students."

Senora Quesada has taught at Old Trail for three years and has touched the lives of many students. This year, she became the school's first director for the Middle School Fellowship in Creativity.

"Marival is loved by students because of her ability to make each child feel that they can be a 'rock star student' if they desire to be," Mrs. Johnston continued. "This reach also extends beyond the classroom walls as she is in contact with students and parents at many levels, creating a family connection that withstands the OTS core values. She not only espouses acceptance of the diversity of students, but puts acceptance into practice on a day-to-day basis."

The Catherine Silver McNamara Faculty Award was established by the family of Catherine Silver McNamara '70, following her untimely death in 1983. Through this annual award, Catherine's family honors her by recognizing a member of the Old Trail faculty or administration for outstanding service to student achievement, which “has played such a meaningful part in our lives, and which continues to make Old Trail a truly exceptional school.”

To be eligible, faculty members or administrators must have been employed for at least three years at the time of nomination and have accepted a commitment from Old Trail School to be employed the following year.

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Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.