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W.Va. Educator Receives National Award

June 06, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Trina Britcher, a teacher of the visually impaired in Harrison County, has been honored as the 2011 Teacher of the Year for Excellence in Braille Instruction by The Braille Institute’s Braille Challenge Advisory Committee.
 
Britcher works with students beginning at age three through high school graduation. In addition to her teaching duties at multiple schools in Harrison County, Britcher serves as a mentor for new teachers of the visually impaired in West Virginia, has presented at international conferences and has consulted with the state on standardized testing in Braille.
 
“West Virginia is fortunate to have a teacher of special needs students like Trina Britcher,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “We know students with special challenges can and do learn to high standards. Trina is a fine example of that. We congratulate her on her national award.”
 
As part of the award, Britcher and a guest receive an all expenses trip to Los Angeles to participate in the student Braille Challenge Finals and accept the award at a gala ceremony on June 25.
 
For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.
 
--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.

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