Berkeley, Cabell Teachers Win Video Contest

February 09, 2011

Charleston, W.Va. – Two West Virginia high school teachers are the creators of winning videos that tell others why they love their profession.

Josh Ratliff, a math teacher and technology integration specialist at Huntington High School in Cabell County, and Stephanie Van Evera, a National Board Certified art teacher at Hedgesville High School in Berkeley County, submitted winning videos in the West Virginia Department of Education’s “Why I Love to Teach” video contest.

For their efforts, Ratliff and Van Evera received an iPad through a partnership with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Other contest participants receive learning resources, such as wireless presentation pointers, wireless keyboards and thumb drives. The best videos will be featured on the department's website at

“Teachers like Josh and Stephanie are making a difference in the lives of their students,” said state Superintendent of Schools Ted Mattern. “These videos illustrate their innovation and creativity and shows why they are wonderful role models for all West Virginia teachers.”

The video contest is part of the department’s TeachWV campaign to recruit high quality teacher candidates to the classroom via an innovative online resource at Teach West Virginia is designed to empower individuals who possess an interest in the teaching profession with an interactive guide to the benefits of living and teaching in West Virginia. The website includes information about how to select an approved teacher preparation program, apply for certification, find job opportunities and participate in professional development. The site also features information about alternative routes to certification for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree, such as the Transition to Teaching program and the Troops to Teachers program.

For more information, contact Doug Cipoletti at 304-558-7010, or the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699. Also see
-- The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is committed to ensuring every student in the state is college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it, West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.

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