2023 Teacher and Service Personnel of the Year Winners

Join us as we name the 2023 West Virignia Teacher of the Year and Service Personnel of the Year recipients.

Teacher Of the Year

Amber Nichols – Monongalia County

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Amber Nichols is a kindergarten teacher at Eastwood Elementary School in Morgantown, West Virginia. Nichols currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Shepherd College and a Master of Education from West Virginia University. She has taught for 21 years. Nichols is an active member of Eastwood Elementary’s leadership, curriculum, and behavior intervention teams, and she is a mentor teacher for future teachers. She always strives to set rigorous academic and social-emotional goals for each child in her class, and she prides herself on creating an enriching classroom environment in which all students feel safe, loved, and appreciated. Nichols also enjoys writing and spending time with her husband, three children and two dogs.

Service Personnel of the Year

Jessica Grose – Upshur County

Jessica Grose is a special education aide at Hodgesville Elementary School in Upshur County, West Virginia. According to her colleagues, Grose is a great team player who will step up wherever she is needed. During her 11 years of service, Grose has made lasting connections with the students. She makes every student feel important through her positive attitude and genuineness. In addition to the support she provides in her school building, Grose volunteers with the Upshur County FFA, the Buckhannon-Upshur football team, choir, band, cheerleading team, and Buckhannon #24 International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

Jessica Grose

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About Teacher of The Year

Teacher of the Year national program is an initiative of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the Voya Foundation that places emphasis on excellence in teaching and teacher recognition.

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About Service Personnel of the Year

The Service Personnel of the Year program honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in the performance of their jobs, earning them the respect and admiration of students, teachers, administrators, coworkers, and parents.

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