“Our state teachers dedicate themselves to molding the minds of tomorrow,” said Manchin. “I am so proud of our 2006 Teacher of the Year and this gift is only a small token of appreciation for what Bridget gives to her students daily.”
Each year Toyota donates a brand new car to the state teacher of the year for use during his/her tenure.
"At Toyota, we know how important it is to recognize and thank our teachers and to herald such a noble and important profession for the future of our state and our country,” said David Copenhaver, vice president and secretary of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. “We know that during the year, the teacher is released from all classroom duties to serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession throughout the state. We want to make sure she is able to do that in a vehicle with an engine and transmission made by West Virginians.”
In addition, Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shied (MSBCBS) presented Call with a five-thousand dollar check. MSBCBS presents the generous donation to the teacher of the year annually.
“Ms. Call exemplifies the meaning of highly qualified teacher not only by her leadership skills, but also by displaying an extraordinary commitment to her students,” said State Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Bridget’s dedication to teaching her students has made her worthy of this award.”
Bridget Call, an English teacher at Matewan High School, was named West Virginia’s 2006 Teacher of the Year in September. Call works to be a strong role model for her students by staying current not only in educational trends but also in the adolescent culture. She works diligently to make content real, to promote 21st Century Learning Skills, and to expose testing procedures so her students are more at ease with assessment.
Call was one of seven finalists who came from a field of 50 Teacher of the Year nominees. A committee appointed by the State Superintendent of Schools to evaluate the county nominees selects the state Teacher of the Year. Sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Smarter Kids Foundation, the Teacher of the Year is the longest, ongoing awards program honoring classroom teachers in the country. Call will represent West Virginia in the National Teacher of the Year competition.