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Conference Challenges Juvenile Facilities' Staff

Posted: September 14, 2007
The opening remarks of Superintendent R. Matthew Kittle set the mood for this year’s professional development conference held August 22-23 in Charleston. Teachers and staff are being challenged to prepare students for the 21 st century work place.

Mr. Lowell E. Johnson addressed the staff and thanked everyone for their dedication and hard work.

Mr. Kittle recognized Barboursville math teacher, Helen Bean, as OIEP teacher of the year.

Simon Ashbrook was honored as the 2007 Bob Rader Detention Service worker.

The Pressley Ridge staff was acknowledged for its efforts in obtaining a School of Excellence designation.

All education staff with at least five years of service received special recognition. Pearl Kessler received an ovation for her 55 years of service in education to children.

“The conference’s goal is to help educators start the new school year by focusing our energy on how to improve delivery of education services within the context of the 21 st century learning,” said Dwayne Maxey, coordinator of finance, technology and facilities.

Harvey Alston presented a motivational talk, “Be the Best”. Other presenters were Teddy Hill and Susan Boggs, Understanding and treating Sexual Specific Behaviors; John Breeding, “Introduction to Gangs”; and Dr. Eric Landers, “Classroom Behavior Management and Modifications Interventions for Special Populations.”

Breakout sessions allowed teachers to share lesson plans in individual content areas. Secretaries, counselors, and administrators also met in individual sessions.

“We had round table discussions that allowed us to address issues pertinent to our schools, “ said Diane Morgan, secretary, West Virginia Children’s Home.

Jacob Green, assistant director, closed the session with other special recognitions and kudos to all OIEP.