MOUNT HOPE, WV (WOAY) – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) announced Jada Reeves as the West Virginia 2019 Teacher of the Year during a ceremony Wednesday night. West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine and WVBE President Dave Perry were joined by members of the State Board for the announcement at the Embassy Suites in Charleston on Wednesday during a program that recognized County Teachers of the Year from across the state.
Ms. Reeves represents the true essence of the education profession,” said Dr. Paine. “Her first priority is student learning and the belief in her students’ abilities,” he said. “She also has prioritized her own learning by constantly setting new goals for her own professional growth. Perhaps, most telling is that she spends time outside of the classroom to continuously serve her students and families through little league sports and other community outreach.”
Reeves is a National Board Certified fifth-grade teacher at Bradley Elementary School in Mount Hope. She designs unique and creative lessons to tap into her students’ interests and passions. Using technology, Reeves has also increased student engagement through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) instruction. She believes more resources are needed to support student mental health and has secured grant funding to develop and implement a mentor program for students with mental health vulnerabilities. She coaches track and wrestling and is involved in little league sports programs in her community.
Other 2019 finalist include: Adrin Fisher, Fairmont Senior High School, Marion County; Summer McClintock, Pleasant View Elementary School, Berkeley County; Joy Van Scyoc, Moundsville Middle School, Marshall County; and Clifford Sullivan, Mount Hope Elementary School, Fayette County.
The West Virginia Teacher of the Year program identifies, recognizes and promotes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state. As the 2019 winner, Reeves will receive a car for use for Teacher of the Year engagements throughout the year from Toyota, a classroom technology package from SMART Technologies and $5,000 each from Highmark West Virginia, The Horace Mann Companies and WesBanco. The West Virginia Lottery is providing a $300 grant to each of the County Teacher of the Year winners to use in their classrooms. Every County Teacher of the Year winner also received a $500 gift card from Coca-Cola and the State Teacher of the Year received a $1,000 gift card. Finally, Blenko provided a West Virginia-embossed glass Suncatcher to each County winner.