Marshall County Teacher of the Year says her classroom is an accumulation of 26 years of ideas

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MARSHALL COUNTY, W.VA. (WTRF) – A fifth-grade teacher from Center McMechen Elementary School has won Marshall County teacher of the year for 2020. But the excitement doesn’t stop there.


When you walk in my room, it may look a little strange. It’s not desks in rows. I don’t do that. But, it really benefits the kids.

Sheila Blackmore, Marshall County Schools Teacher of the Year 2021

Flexible seating is just one of the things that make Miss Blackmore’s classroom standout.
She has 26 years of teaching under her belt; 22 of those in West Virginia.

From administrative roles to writing three children’s books, her trademark is teaching students how to self-cope during stressful times like COVID-19 closure. Since many parents are now having to home-school, you might say teachers are appreciated in a new way.

Some of the most touching comments came from the parents of my students. It made me feel good because it was like, ‘ok. they see what I’m doing.

Sheila Blackmore, Marshall County Schools Teacher of the Year 2021

And not to mention, the fifth grade classroom is cool! And the school board took notice.

Sheila is an excellent teacher. When you go into Sheila’s classroom, you can sense what her classroom is all about. It combines what everybody remembers in their favorite class from being a kid, into two new things that I think are relevant.

Woody Yoder, Marshall County Schools Assistant Superintendent

Those two things? She’s innovative, and a trauma-sensitive spokesperson…

From books…

It’s in a rhyme fashion and it’s all about teaching them how to manage their emotions and stresses during this time.

Sheila Blackmore, Marshall County Schools Teacher of the Year 2021

…to floor desks.

If your best is laying down under the desk, that’s fine with me.

Sheila Blackmore, Marshall County Schools Teacher of the Year 2021

But, What’s the secret to thinking outside the box?

The thing that made me what I am today was being an administrator. I had luxury of being able to go into these classrooms and evaluate teachers. And there have been outstanding teachers in both of the schools I’ve been principal, that, you steal ideas.

Sheila Blackmore, Marshall County Schools Teacher of the Year 2021

To be Marshall County Teacher of the Year is both an endpoint and a starting point.
The board thinks their pick is strong for the state level, even as a Marshall County teacher holds the state title for 2020.

Sheila, if named, would begin her responsibilities in 2021. Within the last nine years, we’ve had four finalists at the state level. So, potentially this could be the fifth out of 10 years, and we’re really looking forward to an announcement in September.

Woody Yoder, Marshall County Schools Assistant Superintendent

The state title comes with responsibilities to speak across West Virginia, and even make decisions for the state’s education system. Something, the Marshall County BOE believes Blackmore would be perfect for.

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