At the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston on Oct. 9, the West Virginia Teacher of the Year will be announced during a special ceremony.
All county teachers of the year will be recognized during the ceremony scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The West Virginia Teacher of the Year will represent the state at the national level.
The event also honors Schools of Excellence, the 2012 Milken Family Foundation Winner, the Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year and the 2013 West Virginia Board of Education School Service Personnel Employee of the Year.
The Schools of Excellence are selected based on the following criteria: a rigorous and challenging curriculum, a safe and drug-free learning environment, participatory leadership, active teaching and learning, an environment that strengthens teacher skills, documented student achievement and implementing advanced and innovated programs.
The Milken Award provides public recognition and an unrestricted financial award of $25,000 to teachers, principals and specialists who are furthering excellence in education.
The Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year Award is named after former West Virginia Board of Education member Paul Morris, who received the first Character Educator of the Year Award in 2003. Morris, who died in 2005, served on the state board for about 25 years.
The 2013 West Virginia Board of Education School Service Personnel Employee of the Year Award honors one person, chosen from aides, bus drivers, cooks, custodians, maintenance workers, office workers and other school service personnel, for his or her contribution to the school and community.