W.Va. Educator Named To USA Today’s All-USA Teacher Team

October 24, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Nancy Yacavone Karpyk, a kindergarten teacher at Weirton Heights Elementary School, is one of 21 educators named to USA Today’s ninth annual All-USA Teacher Team.  

In receiving the award, Karpyk and her husband made history as the first teaching couple to be named as USA Today teachers. Pete Karpyk, a teacher at Weir High School, received the honor last year.  

The award recognizes recipients as representatives of outstanding teaching in our nation’s schools in grades K-12. All-USA Teacher Team members receive trophies, share $2,500 with their schools and keep $500 for themselves.  

“When my husband Pete got this award last year, I never thought I would get it, too,” said Karpyk, who was nominated by Weirton Heights Elementary aide Denise Troia. “You don’t go into teaching seeking awards, but when it happens, it feels great.”  

Troia said Mrs. Karpyk, who has been teaching for 34 years, is an excellent teacher who relates to children well and incorporates games into her lessons that create an inviting learning environment.  

“We are privileged to have such a fine teacher in our public schools,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Nancy exemplifies the meaning of a highly qualified teacher, not only by her leadership skills, but also by displaying an extraordinary dedication to her students.”  

Other 2006 winners are from Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia.  

“We’re pleased to honor these remarkable teachers who enhance education with initiative, enthusiasm and insight. They make a real difference for their students, schools and communities,” said USA TODAY Editor Ken Paulson.  

Winners were selected by a panel of judges from nominees across the country. Teachers could be nominated by school administrators, students, parents, colleagues or family members. Teachers were then asked to describe the needs of their schools and students and how they go about meeting those needs.  

Criteria were developed in consultation with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Middle School Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the National Education Association.

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