Shannon Cox, Superintendent of the Montgomery County Educational Service Center (MCESC), has been named recipient of the prestigious 2021 Justus A. Prentice Award from the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA). The award acknowledges her contributions through executive leadership in advancing regional educational service agency programs at the regional, state and national levels.
"Shannon is the epitome of the excellence in executive leadership," said Greg Shell, MCESC Board President.
Mrs. Cox, in her third year as Superintendent of the MCESC, has led several impactful initiatives including the coordination of county planning and efforts for vaccinations for staff and students. She worked with statewide task forces in leadership roles for Remote Learning strategies during the pandemic. She has also been a K-12 liaison with the United Way, Dayton City Government, County government, The Dayton Foundation and with Public Health Dayton/Montgomery County. With her leadership, the MCESC has provided over 4,500 hotspots, over 6,900 Chrome books, 28,152 Covid 19 test kits and over two million face masks for students and adults during the pandemic.
Mrs. Cox also expanded the MCESC Social Emotional Learning team while spearheading efforts to develop an SEL curriculum, forging SEL partnerships with Jewel and Dr. Bruce Perry. She has led the implementation of the MCESC Neurosequential Model (NM) Preschool, a one-of-a-kind classroom providing support for children at risk for social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
The award will be officially presented at the AESA Annual Conference in Houston Texas in December.