Book was nominated for the award by the students who participate 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 and cafeteria by teaching that good character must be learned through modeling and opportunities to lead and to follow.
Book promotes character education by empowering students, setting high expectations and nurturing the six pillars in all of his students. Liberty High Schools students are given the opportunity to develop programs that impact not only the student body, but also the community.
"Character education is something that everyone can learn and can practice," said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. "Awarding this distinction is a privilege and we are looking forward to it in the years to come."
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 in 2003. 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.
Book was honored by his students during a surprise assembly at the end of the 2003-2004 school year.