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American Star of Teaching Award Shines on Mingo Co. Teacher

October 16, 2007

DELBARTON, W.Va. _ It's not every day that U.S. Department of Education sends someone to a West Virginia classroom to express gratitude for a job well done. But that's exactly what happened Tuesday to Doug Martin, a graphic design and illustration teacher at the Mingo Career and Technical Center and one of 51 teachers across the nation to be named an American Star of Teaching.

 

Troy Justesen, assistant secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, presented Martin with the award at Burch High School.

 

The federal award is an effort by national education leaders to recognize effective classroom teachers who are improving student achievement, increasing opportunities for their students and using innovation strategies to make a difference in their students' lives. One teacher from each state and the District of Columbia and across all grades and disciplines is selected for the award.

 

“Doug Martin epitomizes the true spirit of teaching,” said West Virginia Superintendent Steve Paine. “The dedication and professionalism he shows daily has earned him this national recognition.”

The American Stars of Teaching program is part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative, which was developed to raise student achievement and inform teachers of successful research-backed practices.

See http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/tools/initiative/index.html for more information or contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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