CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Two West Virginia teachers are among 14 educators nationwide to receive honorable mentions to USA Today’s All-USA Teacher Team.
Tony Nicholas, a kindergarten teacher at Cherry River Elementary School in Nicholas County, and Janet Slates Bowland, a kindergarten teacher at Scarbro Elementary in Fayette County, received the honor. Twenty teachers were named award winners.
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.
“We are privileged to have such fine teachers in our public schools,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “They exemplify the meaning of a highly qualified teacher, not only by their leadership skills, but also by displaying an extraordinary dedication to their students.”
Other 2007 winners and honorable mention recipients are from Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.
"Few professions can rival teaching for its long-term impact on young people," said USA Today Editor Ken Paulson. "USA TODAY is honored to recognize the members of the All-USA Teacher Team for their professionalism and passion in educating a new generation."
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.