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Find out why West Virginia educators love teaching!

In the following videos, two exemplary West Virginia educators explain what inspires and motivates them about our teaching profession.  Both videos were judged “best in show” in the West Virginia Department of Education’s “Why I Love Teaching” video competition.  The two teachers’ stories exemplify what’s best about teaching in West Virginia.  Perhaps they have inspired you to wonder whether you have what it takes to lead students in becoming champions of the new age.  Will you teach West Virginia?

Video A: Stephanie Van Evera
National Board Certified Teacher
Hedgesville High School
Hedgesville, WV
Subject: Art
Video produced by Dillon Hahn

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Video B: Josh Ratliff
Technology Integration Specialist
Cabell County, WV

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West Virginia is deeply rooted in its culture and history, fantastic outdoor recreation opportunities (river sports, winter sports, adventure sports, golf), quiet places to catch up (romantic getaways, small town gems, parks), and unmatched scenery

Additionally, West Virginia colleges and universities offer fantastic teacher preparation programs that are designed to provide and foster the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for teachers, student support service personnel, and administrators to deliver high quality services to students at all grade levels (elementary, middle and secondary).   


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In the winter or the summer!

Get wild!

Get cultured!

See the wonder!


It’s undeniable, teaching in WV is the best!

  1. West Virginia’s K-12 school system has received the highest marks in technology within the United States and was one of only two states to receive a grade of A for both the use of technology and the educator’s capacity to use technology.
  2. West Virginia has the 4th lowest crime rate in the country.
  3. West Virginia ranked sixth in the nation in Education Week’s Quality Counts 2008 based on ratings across six areas of performance and policy:
    • Chance-for-Success
    • K-12 Achievement
    • Standards, Assessments, and Accountability
    • Teacher and Students
    • Transitions and Alignment
    • Teaching Profession
    • School Finance
  4. The cost of living in West Virginia is 4.5% below the national average.
  5. While West Virginia is known for its beautiful scenery, rich culture, and exciting outdoor experiences; it also offers the conveniences found in many of the most modern cities in the nation. Whether you are looking for adventure in the great outdoors (skiing, hiking, running, biking, fishing, boating, golfing, hunting, rafting, etc.) or the convenience and accommodations of urban America, there's no doubt that West Virginia offers the best of both worlds.


West Virginia teachers give their top 10 reasons to become a teacher

  1. Step-by-step, my students and I can work to make the world a better place.
  2. I know that I can make a positive impact in the lives of my students and their futures. Become a teacher image
  3. I know that there will always be a need for high-quality education and good teachers. The job security is excellent!
  4. It’s a family friendly job because you can share your work schedule with your children and spend more time with them in the summer.
  5. It gives one the opportunity to continually learn and grow. Just as students learn from their teachers, teachers learn things from their students.  Teaching extends your ability to develop both cognitively and professionally.
  6. Teaching allows you to give back to the community by teaching students that they can make a difference.   It is important that they understand how their actions can affect the world around them in both positive and negative ways.
  7. I want to show students that no matter where you have come from, there is always a path to success. Teachers provide students with the knowledge and skills to make their dreams become a reality!
  8. I like to see struggling students find success, so that they may achieve better self-esteem.  Working with students that have learning disabilities is rewarding!
  9. I love watching the “lights go on” in a student’s eyes when you find that they’ve just learned a valuable skill or concept. 
  10. As a teacher, every day brings a new challenge.  It keeps my mind sharp and makes me feel young at heart!

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"The most satisfying jobs are mostly professions, especially those involving caring for, teaching, and protecting others and creative pursuits." - Tom W. Smith, Director of the General Social Survey at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. (Looking, 2007)