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2003 CEA, Region II
Teacher of The Year

Mark Hedrick
Adult Basic Education/Special Needs Teacher, Northern Regional Jail and Correctional Facility

Mark Hedrick has been teaching in a correctional setting for 19 years. He began teaching at the former WV Penitentiary in 1984 as a remedial reading and vocational math teacher in the Prison Industries building. In 1986, he was hired by Marshall County Schools to fill the vacant GED teaching position at the Penitentiary, a position he continued to hold even after the WV Dept. of Education took over the responsibility of education in correctional facilities in 1988.

Aside from his current position as Adult Basic Education and Special Needs Teacher at the Northern Regional Jail and Correctional Facility, Mark teaches Adult Education classes on a part-time basis for Ohio County Schools. He has also teaches college English at NRJCF for WV Northern Community College. He serves on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Adult Education Association and is a state PEER Trainer for newly hired correctional educators in West Virginia. Mark was named the West Virginia Adult Education Association's Adult Educator of the Year in 1989.

Mark was raised in Wheeling, WV and is a 1978 graduate of Linsly Military Institute. He was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education at West Liberty State College and completed his Master of Arts degree in Special Education at West Virginia University. Mark continues to further his education through Marshall University.

Mark and his wife, Gina, have two daughters, Cassandra, age 16 and Alyssa, age 11. Mark enjoys helping and coaching them in the many sports in which they are involved. He also is an avid collector of vintage baseball equipment, and his collection has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles.