Teacher of the Week: Jessica Thomas

My teaching career began by teaching my dolls in my playroom in elementary school! During college, I interned at the West Virginia Center for Professional Development, where I helped organize teacher training sessions during the summer. I officially started my teaching career in 2016. I have always felt it was my calling. My ...

Teacher of the Week: Connie Boggs

I began teaching in Fall of 2010 and am currently the Library/Media Specialist at Monongah Elementary School. I enjoy volunteering as a Girl Scout troop leader and working with Read Aloud West Virginia. I'm a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Society for Women Educators, and serve as the State Editor. My ...

Teacher of the Week: Ashley Shaw

I currently teach Kindergarten at Melrose Elementary School. I began teaching in 2005 after receiving my Elementary Education degree from Concord University. I have been a second grade teacher, a Title I Reading Specialist and a Kindergarten teacher. I obtained my master’s in Reading in 2007, my Educational Leadership degree in 2008 and ...

1998 West Virginia Milken Educator: Ernie Adkins

I began teaching in 2000 and have since served as a science teacher at Bluefield Middle School, assistant principal at Princeton Middle School, principal of Oakvale School and currently serve as the principal of Princeton Primary School. I became an educator because I always loved school and learning. My favorite subject was always ...

1998 West Virginia Milken Educator: Susan Barrett

I became an educator in 1978 and cannot think of any other career that would be more rewarding. I eventually retired from Cherry River Elementary in Nicholas County. Currently, I work part-time with teachers and students as a consultant in elementary mathematics. There are two aspects of being an educator that I would ...

Teacher of the Week: Matthew Cox

When I was in high school, my history teacher brought in several guest speakers from the community. One of those speakers was a World War II veteran who spent a year as a Nazi prisoner of war. His story stuck with me for years after he spoke to my class. I was able ...

2005 West Virginia Milken Educator: Tammy Wells

I became an educator in 1986 to have a hand in creating problem solvers, creative thinkers, and good citizens. I was the Director of Secondary and Vocational Education, Student Assessment and Strategic Planning prior to being named the Superintendent of Wetzel County Schools. I served as principal of Valley High School for more ...

2002 West Virginia Milken Educator: Kimberly Miller

I was fortunate to be a part of West Virginia University (WVU) Student Teaching pilot program in Ohio County in 1992. I also began my coaching career at Wheeling Park High School and my love of Ohio County Schools; I have been in Ohio County Schools since. When I began my career in ...

2019 West Virginia Milken Educator: Brian Allman

From 2009-2022, I worked as a social studies teacher at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School. As of February 2022, I transitioned into my position as principal at Rock Cave Elementary School.  I also had a year and a half of sub experience prior to my job at B-U Middle School. I chose to enter education ...

Teacher of the Week: Randall Wolfe

I have always had a fascination with math from a young age. While in high school, I had an excellent mathematics teacher who inspired me to really think about how mathematics guides our world. I always enjoyed helping students understand the process involved in finding solutions to complex problems. My favorite aspect is ...

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