Kim Ciroli, associate professor of instruction in early childhood education at Ohio University Eastern, has been named as the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Belmont Savings Bank Christmas Parade in St. Clairville.
The parade will take place on Sunday, November 24 beginning at 4pm in downtown St. Clairsville.
Ciroli was understandably excited and humbled to be named as this year’s Grand Marshal. “I am completely honored to be recognized by the city of St. Clairsville and the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce,” she said. “I am also blessed to be a Bobcat and proud to accept this award on behalf of the students, faculty, and staff at OHIO Eastern.”
Ciroli also received a distinguished honor last fall as she was honored by The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) as the Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator in the entire nation.
According to the NAECTE, this national honor is designed to recognize meritorious leadership and professionalism in early childhood education. Ciroli received the distinguished award at the NAECTE Fall Conference in Washington, D.C. on November 14, 2018. She was nominated by Dr. Paula McMurray-Schwarz, early childhood education coordinator at the Eastern Campus.
“The recognition of Kim Ciroli’s work by NAECTE affirms the nationally-recognized quality of the education programs at Ohio University Eastern, said Eastern Campus Dean Jeremy Webster. “Being named the Grand Marshal of the Belmont Savings Bank Christmas Parade by the Chamber of Commerce is also wonderful news, and illustrates the business community’s commitment to higher education, while also helping us to spread our message about the high-quality faculty and academic opportunities that await our community at OHIO’s Eastern Campus.”
Kim is married to Tony Ciroli. He is an art teacher and the head coach of the cross country and track teams at St. Clairsville High School. They have two children, Kiley, a junior at Ohio University, and Trey, a senior at Barnesville High School. Kiley is majoring in early childhood education and plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a teacher.