Kenny Gillion is a 10 year Social Science veteran that has garnered numerous teaching accolades ranging from Teacher of the Year to Step up for Students Teacher of Excellence. He is entering his 7th year as the history teacher of West Oaks Academy.
In addition to teaching, Gillion is also the basketball team’s national coach. He was named 2020 & 2019 SIAA Coach of the Year. He has led West Oaks to the State Final Four in four of the last 5 years while maintaining a Fab 50 national ranking 5 consecutive years. Gillion has produced hundreds of college players and pros.l
Gillion, a native of Ft Lauderdale, FL is the second oldest of eight siblings. He attended Florida A&M University where he majored in psychology. He is married with two sons and a daughter.
I am a graduate of the University of Central Florida. I maintained my degree in sports management. From there it allowed me to play professional football for both the NFL and CFL. In my spare time I enjoy working with kids. I am a professional trainer and also a football coach here at West Oaks Academy. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you, and hopefully we can have a positive year.
I have multiple years of secondary and postsecondary instructional, coaching, and administrative experience. I served as the 8A STEAM coordinator at Flat Rock Middle School in Tyrone, Georgia teaching a Humanities course that integrates English, American/Georgia History, and STEM content. As an experienced educator with certifications in English 6-12, ESOL, History 6-12, and Gifted in both Georgia and Florida, I have built a successful career solving problems in classrooms, teams, and schools. Prior to working at Flat Rock, I taught at the Martha Stilwell School of the Performing Arts in Clayton County, Georgia working with a variety of Honors students, Gifted students, and Traditional students. With 10 years of basketball coaching experience, my teams were consistently successful reaching the playoffs in multiple years as well as a trip the State of Florida Final Four. I also have multiple years of School Administration experience in addition to multiple years of teaching at the University level.
Todd O. Triplett, M.Ed., comes to West Oaks Academy as an experienced professional whose credentials in education and passion for the game of basketball remains unparalleled. Triplett completed his undergraduate degree from Charter Oak State College and graduate degree in Instructional Technology from American InterContinental University. These credentials set the foundation for his classroom instruction and leadership of West Oaks Academy’s 2019-2020 State Champion Girls Varsity Basketball program.
Following storied high school and college basketball careers Triplett spent eight years in Europe to compete in Reykjavik, Iceland and serving as head coach in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. During his professional career, Triplett has hosted numerous NBA-sanctioned exposure camps, and served as Head Coach at the NBA-sanctioned Global Hoop Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Ostioneros de Guymas in Mexico. In the midst of professional pursuits, Triplett continued to enhance his educational background. Triplett’s approaches to education meld the best of his experiences to innovative methods to enlighten and attract diverse students.
An exceptional father to three loving daughters: Isis, 19, Mesi, 17 and Paris 13, and a committed member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Triplett fuses the best of his experiences and demonstrated leadership daily. At West Oaks Academy, Triplett combines these attributes to improve capabilities of young learners in various fields of science while guiding student-athletes to excellence in interscholastic competition and ultimately college matriculation.
Vanette Gordon, Agricultural Specialist, graduated from the highest training agricultural institution in Jamaica. As a naturalist had an inclination for Mother Nature which led me to pursue a career in Agricultural Science.Have had successes In the training of young farmers in providing them with the necessary skills and techniques needed in Horticulture, crops and livestock production, both theory and practical areas. She also serves as technical advisor and plant nursery supervisor at a plant production company. Desirous of making a difference at West Oaks by inspiring young minds and molding them for the future demand of economic growth and development in the agricultural science sector. Vanette Gordon is passionate about her work and gets results.
Collin C. Hughes
Graduated Maynard Evans High School 1985
After graduation I attended Mid Fla Technical Institute. Architectural drafting and design school 1985 - 1987.
Then I attended Orlando vocational technical 1987 - 1988 C.A.D design school.
I started my first construction company Hughes and Associates in 2000.
Became a general contractor 2006.
I started coaching football with the Wekiva Mustang/Cardinals Pop Warner 2013.
Started coaching with West Oaks Academy spring 2019.