CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Betty Stepp, a kindergarten aide in McDowell County, has been named the 2011 West Virginia Board of Education School Service Personnel Employee of the Year, the first recipient of the new award.
Stepp, who has worked for McDowell County for 37 years, has spent the last 35 at Anawalt Elementary School. In her nomination, Stepp, whose motto is, “I’m not through giving yet!” was cited for her contributions to the physical and emotional needs of children and for providing academic support to students under the guidance of the classroom teacher.
Her colleagues say she is a tireless volunteer for numerous school activities and works with families and church organizations to collect goods for those in need. She has received numerous awards from the Anawalt Elementary Booster Club, the Parent-Teacher Organization and the local Little League. She also was named Anawalt Elementary School’s Paraprofessional of the Decade for 2000-2010.
“School service personnel are an important part of any school family,” said state Board of Education President Priscilla Haden. “We are proud to honor them for their many contributions that help our students in many ways every day.”
The West Virginia Board of Education established the annual awards program to recognize outstanding school service personnel employees. Each year the program honors one person, chosen from aides, bus drivers, cooks, custodians, maintenance workers, office workers and other school service personnel, for his or her contribution to the school and community.
The program is designed to work similarly to the state’s Teacher of the Year program, which honors classroom teacher who inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues and play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school.
Stepp was chosen to receive the award from among county school service personnel employees of the year. William Douglas Cooper, an electronic technician for Greenbrier County Schools, was chosen as runner-up.
For more information, contact Keith Burdette, director of the Office of Human Resources at (304) 558-2702, or the 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.