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.
Roger Mike has served as Minister of Music for numerous churches in the Orlando, Florida area. Roger has been married for 52 years, has 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. The name Roger Mike is synonymous with good music, well done. He is revered and remembered for his dedication to the art of making beautiful music. Born and raised in Winter Park, Florida, Roger learned to play the piano at the early age of seven. He excelled so much that one year later he was invited to play during church services at his home church where he has been faithful ever since.
Roger’s ear of music and his God given ability to rearrange a simple hymn had made him a musician much in demand by local community churches in the Orlando regional area. On more than one occasion, he accompanied on piano, numerous great gospel artists. Roger studied piano under three accomplished pianists. To better understand his gift of music, Roger took summer courses for Music Theory at Rollins College. When just a teenager himself, his musical skills were expanded through his participation and organization of the Winter Park Boys Chorus. This 35-voice chorus traveled extensively in the southern states. They won many awards and performed on several radio and television programs.
The “Tribute of Love- A Wedding Album” is the first completed commercial musical project for Roger, and for this we say, “to God be the glory”. He is presently working on various gospel and contemporary music projects. Roger has completed two more projects, Patmos Praise Volume 1, which he is accompanied by his church choir “Final Chapter” and musicians, which is the first 10 uniquely rearranged hymns of 100. The Anointed Praise project consisting of 120 voice youth choir, is his third CD for praise and worship which was nominated for a Stellar Award. Roger for the last several years has been the organists for West Oak Community Church of God. Roger ultimate vision as he puts it “is to create beautiful wondrous music that touches the soul and bring us humans together in this global world”.
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.
From my early childhood, one of my three career choices was to become a teacher. My educational process started with a 2- year degree from Hampton Jr. College in Ocala, Florida. Many years after that, I matriculated to Bethune -Cookman (College) now Bethune-Cookman University where I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education. After many years of working in the private sector, my desire to teach, took over. During my tenure as a teacher for Seminole and Orange Counties, I became greatly involved in the academic and personal lives of the students. It was then, when I returned back to college and received my Master of Arts in English Education from Nova Southeastern University. Throughout this journey of teaching, my daily prayer is asking God to help me be able to help as many students as possible to become successful adults.
In 1994. I relocated from Haiti to the state of Florida. Upon arriving here, I made the decision to complete high school at North Miami Senior High School thereby graduating in 1998. This led me to continue my education at Miami-Dade Community College in the medical field. Several years late, I relocated to Orlando, where enrolled at Adam College in east Orlando, Florida, my I attended this college for two years. Several years later I made the decision to work in the educational field so I could work with students. In 2011, I started my teaching experience at Saints Academy for nine years. After this I began working at Westoaks Academy and I am enjoying this interaction on a daily basis . With my prayers and God’s help I plan to continue in this field as long as it’s His will.