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October 30, 2012 > Johnny Cimino named MVROP Teacher of Year

Johnny Cimino named MVROP Teacher of Year

Submitted By Allison Aldinger, MVROP

Mission Valley ROP (Regional Occupational Program) is honored to present Auto Body Painting and Refinishing program instructor, Johnny Cimino, as the MVROP 2012 Teacher of the Year. This prestigious award is given each year by MVROP to recognize excellence in Career Technical Education instruction. Johnny was presented with the award by the MVROP Governing Council on October 18, 2012.

Cimino strongly believes that instructors should lead by example, must work to add personal touches in the classroom, and help all students to become good citizens in the community. As a valuable member of the Mission Valley ROP teaching staff for twenty years, he has been doing exactly this, by passing on his valuable industry experience to a diverse population of students. On a daily basis, you can find Cimino coming in early to work to open the shop, often working through lunch, and staying late four out of five days a week.

If asked why he does this, he would respond by stressing that it is important to show his students that a disciplined person works until the job is completed. Cimino would go on with a shy smile, in his modest and sincere way to say, "I am proud of the work I do and I am honored to call myself a teacher. One of my greatest rewards throughout the day and year is seeing the smiles on students' faces, knowing that they feel good about what they have accomplished."

The value of Career Technical Education is evident in Johnny's classes since he was, at one time, a student in the very program he instructs today. This personal connection, the school's mission, and years of experience within the Auto Body Painting and Refinishing industry provides an invaluable contribution to his students each and every year. We at Mission Valley ROP commend him for making a difference in their lives.

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