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Tyler, Kanawha County Educators Recognized for National Contributions

July 14, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A middle school teacher from Tyler County and a high school teacher from Kanawha County were recognized by the West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday for their national accomplishments.

Darlene Koerber, who teaches physical education at Tyler Consolidated Middle School, is the 2010 national Middle School Teacher of the Year for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

West Virginia Superintendent Steve Paine, left, and West Virginia Board of Education President Priscilla Haden, right, recognize Darlene Koerber, a physical education teacher at Tyler Consolidated Middle School in Tyler County, during the July board meeting. Koerber is the national Middle School Teacher of the Year for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Debra O’Dell, who teaches social studies at Herbert Hoover High School, is the 2010 recipient of the American Lawyers Auxiliary (ALA) High School Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year Award. 

West Virginia Superintendent Steve Paine, left, and West Virginia Board of Education President Priscilla Haden, right, recognize Debi O'Dell, a social studies teacher at Herbert Hoover High School in Kanawha County, during the July board meeting. O'Dell has been chosen as the recipient of the American Lawyers Auxiliary High School Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year Award.

In choosing O'Dell for this award, the ALA called her “a true professional educator who brings the highest standards to assisting our young people in learning their rights and responsibilities under the law.”

“Both Darlene and Debi are fine examples of the quality teaching and learning taking place in West Virginia schools,” said West Virginia Superintendent Steve Paine. “The state board and I applaud them for their accomplishment and dedication to helping to prepare West Virginia students to live in a diverse and ever changing society.”

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