CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Emily Patterson, a counselor at Piedmont Elementary School in Kanawha County, is the 2008 recipient of the Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year Award. The announcement was made Wednesday during the West Virginia Board of Education monthly meeting in Charleston.
“I am very proud and honored,” Patterson said. “During my years in education, I have always believed that character education plays an important role. If students see character modeled, they will embrace the concepts of character education: respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, caring and citizenship.”
Patterson is involved in the community and in the lives of the students. For example, she created a mentor program with a local business. She coordinates the Respect and Protect program and Breakfast of Champions program for Piedmont Elementary. In addition, Patterson coordinates the No Bullying Pledge, the Thought for the Day and the Pledge of Allegiance for her school.
The Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year Award is named after former West Virginia Board of Education member Paul Morris, who received the first Character Educator of the Year Award in 2003. Morris, who died in 2005, served on the state board for about 25 years.
“Character education has become such an important part of our children’s education and 21st century learning,” said state Superintendent Steve Paine. “Ms. Patterson not only teaches the six pillars, but lives them every day and instills their lessons in her students.”
For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.