Book was nominated for the award by the students on Liberty’s Character Education Team. They say Book embodies all six pillars of character: trustworthiness, caring, respect, responsibility, citizenship and fairness. He has implemented character education into the classrooms, hallways, cafeteria by teaching that good character must be learned through modeling and opportunities to lead and to follow.
Liberty High School students are given the opportunity to develop programs that impact not only the student body, but also the community. Book promotes character education by empowering students, setting high expectations and nurturing the six pillars in all of his students.
The Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year Award is named after West Virginia Board of Education member Paul Morris, who was awarded the Character Educator of the Year Award last year. As an additional honor, the award was named after Mr. Morris, who has served on the State Board for more than 20 years. The West Virginia Board of Education will present this award annually.
The West Virginia Board of Education will honor Mr. Book during its August meeting in Charleston.