Character Educator Of The Year Award Pays Tribute To Educators Teaching The Importance Of Good Character

March 17, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - Do you know of an educator who models and teaches character to his or her students? The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year Award is designed to recognize educators throughout the state for their exemplary work in instilling character in students.  

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.  

Last year’s winner was Liberty High School’s Principal David Book, who was nominated by the students on the Character Education Team. Through his leadership, He implemented character education into the classrooms, hallways, cafeteria by teaching that good character must be learned through modeling and opportunities to lead and to follow.  

Any educator of a local board of education or public school is eligible for the award. The nomination should describe in narrative form the nominee in 500 words or less through examples of or a story and discussion as to why the nominee should be selected. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2005. Click here to download nomination information.  

Nominations should be mailed to: Lisa Burton, Coordinator West Virginia Department of Education Office of Students Services and Health Promotion 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East Building 6, Room 309 Charleston, WV 25305  

The Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year Award is named after West Virginia Board of Education member Paul Morris, who was awarded the Character Educator of the Year Award in 2003. As an additional honor, the award was named after Mr. Morris, who has served on the State Board for more than 20 years. The West Virginia Board of Education presents this award annually.  

For more information about the award, contact Lisa Burton, WVDE Coordinator for Character Education, at (304) 558-8830.

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