CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Eric Kincaid, the 2008 West Virginia Teacher of the Year, is moving full speed ahead with his responsibilities as the state’s top educator. Today Gov. Joe Manchin joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc., Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield, the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education to present Kincaid with a car and cash.
“Teachers like Eric Kincaid are at the core of the success of our state since economic development and education are so closely tied,” said Manchin. “We acknowledge Eric Kincaid’s dedication to the classroom and also sincerely thank
Each year Toyota donates a brand new car to the state teacher of the year for use during his/her tenure.
“It gives me great pleasure to recognize West Virginia’s Teacher of the Year for 2008,” said Mike Lutz, general manager of administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia. “Teacher of the Year candidates must be able to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. Students respond when teachers show enthusiasm for their subject and genuine interest in the lives and success of their students. Eric Kincaid is an outstanding teacher who exemplifies the high expectations of the Teacher of the Year program. All of us at Toyota congratulate him on earning the esteem of his colleagues by demonstrating these qualities.”
In addition, Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield (MSBCBS) presented Kincaid with a $5,000 check. MSBCBS presents the generous donation to the teacher of the year annually.
"We are fully committed to offering and supporting programs that will have a positive impact on the daily lives and health of our customers and the citizens of West Virginia,” said Fred Earley, general counsel and senior vice president of external operations for Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield. "Today's children are tomorrow's leaders and the lifestyle lessons we teach them today carry into the future. Recognizing the efforts of those individuals who shape our leaders of tomorrow is just one small way we can assist in achieving these objectives. "
Kincaid began his teaching career in 1995 as a science teacher at South Junior High School in Morgantown. In 1998, he moved to Morgantown High School, where his classes have included coordinated and thematic science 9, science 9, advanced biology and Advanced Placement biology. Kincaid, who earned his National Board Certification in 2003, also is an adjunct professor in the College of Human Resources and Education at West Virginia University. Kincaid holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from West Virginia University and has completed 50 credit hours beyond his master’s.
“It is my distinct privilege to honor such a fine educator in our state’s public school system,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Mr. Kincaid’s enthusiasm for teaching is evident every day. Innovative and dynamic in the classroom, he infuses students with tremendous motivation and instills in them a love for learning.”
Kincaid also is the 2007 recipient of Harvard University’s Singer Prize for Excellence in Secondary School teaching, the 2007 recipient of the Siemens AP Math/Science Teacher Award for West Virginia, the 2003 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winner and a 2002 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award winner.
As West Virginia’s 2008 Teacher of the Year, Kincaid will receive an educational technology package from the Smarter Kids Foundation valued at approximately $14,300.
Kincaid was selected by a committee appointed by the state superintendent of schools to evaluate seven finalists who were their county Teacher of the Year winners. The Teacher of the Year is the longest, ongoing awards program honoring classroom teachers in the country, granting its first award in 1964.