W.Va. Seeking Nominations for state Character Educator of the Year

October 13, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Research shows that character education can have a positive effect on student performance. The state Board of Education wants to reward educators who not only teach academics daily but also incorporate the importance of good character into their lessons.

Applications are being accepted for the Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year Award. The award is named after former West Virginia Board of Education member Paul Morris, who served on the board for more than 20 years before his death.

The Character Educator of the Year Award recognizes an educator who embodies the six pillars of good character: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, caring, citizenship and fairness. The award is an opportunity for county school systems and schools to pay tribute to those educators who are not only teaching academics daily but also teaching the importance of good character.  

“Students who develop strong character at an early age demonstrate responsibility for their academic performance, respect for others and respect for themselves,” said state Superintendent Steve Paine.

Any educator of a local board of education or public school is eligible for the award. The nomination, which may be submitted by school employees or members of the community, should describe in narrative form the nominee’s character-building qualities in 500 words or less. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1. Nominations should be sent to: 

Shelly Stalnaker, Coordinator Safe Schools; West Virginia Department of Education; 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Building 6, Room 309; Charleston, WV 25305.

For more information, contact the Office of Healthy Schools at 304-558-8830, or the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

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