The main focus of Peros’ work during the past five years has been school-based clinics located at Sherman Senior High School and Sherman Elementary.
"Donna has written or assisted with writing proposals that have generated over $73,000 in grants for health initiatives in Boone County schools,” said State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart. “She developed two school-based health centers in Boone County for children who do not have a medical provider. This dedicated professional has excellent rapport with students, staff members and parents. Donna Peros is making a difference in local schools because of hard work, innovation and determination.”
Peros graduated from Morris Harvey College in Charleston with an associate’s degree in nursing. She also holds bachelor’s degrees from West Virginia State College in Institute and WVU-Tech in Montgomery, as well as a master’s in community health education from West Virginia University.
Other finalists for this year’s honor include: Paulette Goheen, Cabell County; Cathy Wysocki, Marshall County; Ella Williams, Nicholas County; and Jane Thompson, Summers County. Last year’s winner was Patricia Withrow, a school nurse for Greenbrier County Schools.