American Star of Teaching Award Shines on Pocahontas County Teacher

September 13, 2005

Charleston, W.Va.- One star is shining a little brighter in Pocahontas County these days. Virginia Shaw, a first grade teacher at Marlinton Elementary School, Pocahontas County, was named an American Star of Teaching by the United States Department of Education (USDOE) on Monday, September 12.  

The American Star of Teaching Award is awarded to teachers who are successful in using innovative teaching strategies and raising student academic achievement for all of their students. One teacher from each state and the District of Columbia representing all grades and disciplines is selected for the award.  

It was noted that in Shaw’s 2004-2005 class 15,000 books were read throughout the school year.  

The award was presented to Shaw, a teacher of 24 years, during a morning student assembly at the school. Dr. Kerri Briggs, Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of the Deputy Secretary presented her with the award. Members of the Pocahontas County Board of Education, the mayor of Marlinton and representatives from the school’s business partner, Burns Motor Freight, were on hand to congratulate Shaw on her achievement.  

“We are all so very proud of Ms. Shaw for the exemplary work she has done with the children,” said Pat Law, Superintendent of Pocahontas County Schools.  

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