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WVEA Officers re-elected; Executive Committee members elected and top awards handed out

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Officers re-elected; Executive Committee members elected and top awards handed out during WVEA’s annual Delegate Assembly
WVEA Communications Division

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Education Association held its annual Delegate Assembly April 28-30 in Charleston and re-elected President Dale Lee and Vice President Wayne Spangler to new three-year terms.

Lee is a special education math teacher on leave from Princeton High School to serve as WVEA president, and Spangler is an elementary school teacher at Peterstown Elementary in Monroe County.

The delegates also elected members to three-year terms on the WVEA Executive Committee, which is the decision-making body of the WVEA. They are:
• Jonas Knotts, president of the Webster County Education Association and a teacher at Webster County High School
• Allyson Perry, president of the Marion County Education Association and a teacher at Barrackville Middle School
• Debra Sloat, president of Berkeley County Education Association-ESP (education support professionals) and a bus driver in the county.

Two key awards were presented during a banquet at the Charleston Marriott Saturday night.

Greg James, the band director at both Richwood Middle and Richwood High School, received the WVEA Ermalee Boice Community Outreach Award.

James has worked diligently to make sure students in the flood-ravaged Richwood community have access to school and community activities, said Richwood Middle School Principal Gene Collins, who nominated James for the award.

James was unable to attend due to a previous band commitment. Collins accepted the award on James’s behalf.

The Wetzel County Education Association (WCEA) received the WVEA Mary Titus/Janet Zevnik Award for Professional Courage for their efforts during the 2015-2016 school year in standing up to a former county superintendent.

WCEA saw hostility toward association leaders and employees, while programs and activities beneficial to students were put at risk.

WCEA members stood up for themselves and called out the superintendent for violating state board policies and employee rights. They garnered community support in their response to these violations and actively supported board of education candidates who shared their concerns.

By the end of last school year the Wetzel County school board bought out the superintendent’s contract.

WVEA is the largest teacher organization in the state and is the state affiliate of the 3 million member National Education Association (NEA). WVEA represents teachers, education support professionals, higher education professionals and classified staff, retirees and college students pursuing a career in education.