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Smith a finalist for W.Va. Teacher of the Year

From staff reports

PARKERSBURG — A teacher in Wood County Schools is among the five finalists for the West Virginia Teacher of the Year Award.

Lisa Smith, a third-grade teacher at Blennerhassett Elementary School, was announced Monday as a finalist by the West Virginia Department of Education. Smith is a National Board Certified Teacher and Wood County Schools’ 2020 Teacher of the Year.

Smith received a B.A. in elementary education from West Virginia University at Parkersburg and a middle school math certification from West Virginia University. She is completing a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Western Governor’s University.

Smith is passionate about every child having access to S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) education. She puts technology in the hands of students at her school through support from the Governor’s S.T.E.M. mini-grant and S.T.E.A.M. Power West Virginia grant programs. Additionally, she has collaborated with her school’s administration to create an Innovation Center in the school and takes five teams of students to the LEGO League Robotics Expo each year.

This year’s other finalists are Erin Anderson from Tennerton Elementary School in Upshur County; Michael, Knepper from Mussleman High School in Berkeley County; Jessica Markwood from Moorefield High School in Hardy County; and Meghan Salter from Martha Elementary School in Cabell County.

“These five finalists represent the absolute highest standards of educator,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch. “Each one of them strives for excellence in themselves and their students and are shining examples of the one caring adult that makes a real difference for a child. It is an honor to recognize them as a part of one of the WVDE’s most esteemed programs.”

The 2021 State Teacher of the Year will be announced this fall during a virtual program and the winner will represent West Virginia in the National Teacher of the Year Program.

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