Mary Palma teaches sixth and eighth grade math at Wheeling Middle School where she is a trained mentor for new teachers in Ohio County. She serves as a master teacher for student teachers from West Liberty State College and Wheeling Jesuit College. She is also Wheeling Middle Schoolís faculty senate president.
She holds a bachelorís degree in elementary education from Marshall University and has done post-graduate work at West Virginia University. She recently earned the teaching professionís highest credential: National Board Certification.
A second Ohio County teacher was also recognized with the prestigious award. Kassie Edwards, a fourth grade teacher at the Wheeling Country Day School, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science.
Teachers are nominated at the local level for the Presidential Awards. They are then required to complete an extensive application process, which includes an explanation of their teaching philosophies, samples of lesson plans and video of them teaching. The state picks one math and one science teacher for judging on the national level.