Teresa Bayer, a school nurse at Blennerhassett Elementary and Junior High Schools in Parkersburg, received the honor today at a ceremony in Charleston. She has been a school nurse for nine years.
Bayer succeeds Donna Sue Peros of Boone County who, earlier this year, was named the National School Nurse of the Year by the National Association of School Nurses, Inc. Peros is the second West Virginia school nurse to earn national honors. Denise Reese of Tucker County was the first national winner in 1996.
Bayer has written mini-grants for education materials related to good dental health and started an after-school nutrition club that includes field trips and hands-on activities for students.
She also developed tools and procedures to gather information for parents and physicians to evaluate the effectiveness of medications used to treat students with ADHD: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Her guidelines have been adopted as the model for Wood County Schools.
The 2002 winner was involved in a Wood County research project that taught good hand washing habits to students resulting in a significant reduction in absenteeism. In addition, she developed a health services web page for Wood County which was presented at the National Association of School Nurses conference.