Mission Statement

The West Virginia Board of Education’s (WVBE) School Service Personnel Employee of the Year (SPOY) recognizes outstanding education support personnel for their contributions to their schools and communities. The program honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in the performance of their jobs, thereby earning them the respect and admiration of students, teachers, administrators, coworkers and parents.


The WVBE established the annual awards program to recognize outstanding school service personnel employees. Each year the program honors one person, chosen from aides, bus operators, cooks, custodians, maintenance workers, office workers and other school service personnel, for his/her contribution to the school and community.

The program is designed to work similarly to the state’s Teacher of the Year program, which honors a classroom teacher who inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues and play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school.

Privacy Policy

The principal purpose for collecting this information is to provide the data necessary to make determinations of qualifications for School Service Personnel Employee of the Year.  This information may be shared with local and state education agencies.

Service Personnel Eligbility

Each year the State of West Virginia identifies outstanding service personnel to be the West Virginia School Service Personnel Employee of the Year. Please read the following information carefully and be sure that you are eligible for consideration.

The candidate should be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled service personnel in any state-approved or accredited school pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.

The service personnel must:

  • hold any required certification in area(s) of assignment;
  • be a current full-time service personnel employee; and
  • have local county board consent to participate

The service personnel should:

  • extend himself/herself beyond basic required duties by displaying initiative and creativity;
  • enhances student learning through exemplary service in his/her position;
  • creates positive relationships with parents, students, coworkers, and community members;
  • makes schools safer, healthier, and more attractive;
  • earns respect and admiration of colleagues and the community;
  • demonstrates exceptional skill and dedication on the job;
  • displays exemplary leadership abilities through active participation in school or district and community activities, and/or by making decisions and delegating effectively and diplomatically;
  • exhibits good interpersonal skills;
  • utilizes in-service and /or training to consistently improve and develop skills; and
  • demonstrates exemplary interpersonal skills in communicating with students, families, and community members, as well as collaboration with professionals