Marple, who has been a teacher for 22 years, is currently the acting lead teacher at the Davis Correctional Center School. He has been a leader in integrating learning focused strategies and technology into the curriculum.
“Jim Marple personifies what an outstanding institutional educator should be,” said Jacob Green, acting superintendent of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Institutional Education programs. “He radiates a positive attitude and makes a real difference in the lives of children.”
Marple said he believes that if students can’t see their place as a part of a greater community, any attempt at educating them is bound to fail.
“I expect every student in my classroom to learn something every day,” he said.
As West Virginia’s Institutional Education Teacher of the Year, Marple will be able to attend a professional development opportunity of his choice at no cost and will be recognized with his peers at a banquet in Charleston.
For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Education Programs at (304) 558-8833.