For the past 30 years, West Virginia teachers have been recognized for their hard work and dedication through the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award.
Each year, teachers are nominated by the public and selected by a blue-ribbon panel of fellow educators.
This year, the Ohio Valley boasts four winners.
First, is Amanda Yates in Ohio County.
Amanda, a 10 year veteran inside the classroom, teaches 8th grade science, project lead the way, design and modeling and medical detectives.
She said winning this award is a personal victory.
“To actually have someone sit and look at all of the things you do in the classroom that sometimes you feel are overlooked or people don’t realize all the things that you’re doing. So to have someone sit and look at all that and then acknowledge you for it, it really is special,” Yates said.
Bridge Street Assistant Principal David Crumm said the blue ribbon panel was very impressed with Amanda’s innovative online curriculum and the hard work she consistently puts in.
“This is a tremendous honor for the school. Mrs. Yates puts in a lot of hard work and takes a genuine interest in the students we have here at Bridge Street,” Crumm said.
Of course, caring for students carries throughout the Ohio Valley, including Wetzel County, where Leslie Lively from Short Line School received the award too.
Lively teaches 4th grade science, math and social studies.
He said he was completely shocked he won.
“I was actually really surprised. I got a phone call about a month ago telling me I had won, but I had to keep it a secret. That was fairly hard to do, but I was very excited to win it. It’s been a wonderful surprise,” Lively said.
But Shortline Principal Linda Haught was a little less surprised.
“Mr. Lively has put his heart and soul into teaching his students how to be independent thinkers and problem solvers. There is no one more deserving of this award,” Haught said.
Congratulations to Mrs. Kuskey at John Marshall for also receiving the honor Tuesday morning.
Next week, a Madison elementary teacher will be honored as well..