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Huron County official named Oberlin Early Childhood Center director

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OBERLIN — The Oberlin Early Childhood Center has selected a new executive director.

The center’s Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that Tricia Harrel would be the new director beginning April 23.

Board of Trustees Chairman Vasyl Rabosyuk said Harrel was selected for her enthusiasm, hard work and experience.

“Tricia has hands-on experience managing a large, nationally accredited center and we are excited to bring that experience to OECC,” he said in a news release.

Harrel will leave her position as coordinator of the Huron County Child Advocacy Center in Norwalk and replace OECC Interim Executive Director Debbie Marvin. She brings almost 20 years of experience serving children through both education and governmental programs for families in need.

A longtime advocate for quality early childhood education, Harrel brings “robust experience, collaborative energy, and an enthusiasm” for Reggio Emilia to OECC, trustees said.

Reggio Emilia is an educational philosophy based on respect, exploration and community to provide quality environments that inspire a love for learning. Developed shortly after World War II in a northern Italian town called Reggio Emilia, the approach has been adapted worldwide to fit the local needs of each community.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton


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