It's business as usual at Oak Mountain Academy as Patrick (left) plans OMA's 56th year of excellence with Katie Kilgore, OMA's director of admissions and marketing (center) and Cindy Jennings (right), OMA's registrar and assistant to Patrick.
PY: Growing up in Carrollton, I have known about Oak Mountain Academy for many years. Having spent the past eight years working with Paula through GISA (Georgia Independent School Association), I was very familiar with the state of the school. After my initial interview with the full search committee, I knew that we were a good match for one another. I was and am excited and thrilled to be offered the opportunity to serve as the next Headmaster at Oak Mountain Academy. WGW: How long have you been an educator? PY: I have been in education for 22 years, serving 13 of those years in various leadership positions in private, independent and public school systems. WGW: If you could provide one message to the readers of West Georgia Woman magazine, your students and their parents, what would it be? PY: Live a life of service to others. We are all in this world together and we need each other. Listen when people are asking for your help and recognize when they are in a time of need. This is not always easy to do. Sometimes, people ask for help in the most unloving ways. But, I promise you, someday you will need help as well.
WGW: What are your future plans for Oak Mountain Academy? PY: My plans for Oak Mountain Academy are simple â€“ to advance the mission and vision of the school. For more than 50 years, Oak Mountain Academy has been providing a top-notch, quality education in our community. My goal is to continue that service to the community in a way that speaks to todayâ€™s family. Providing a creative, innovative, nurturing learning environment rooted in a faithbased educational system is a golden opportunity for any family. I am honored to help provide this opportunity in our community. WGW: What significant woman in your life has had the most impact on you and how/why? PY: Oh, that is easy, that would be my mom, Patsy Yuran. She is a strong woman, committed to raising her three sons to be men of integrity. She is the kind of mother who made sure we knew the value of a life rooted in faith. She taught us that life would be challenging at times, but our faith would guide us through the tough times. She taught us to be charitable. She made sure we knew that we were more privileged than others and we had a responsibility to give time, talent and treasure as often as possible. I can remember being
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