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Logan Spanish instructor wins W.Va. Teacher of the Year award
Staff reports, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

A Logan County Spanish teacher was named 2016 West Virginia Teacher of the Year during a ceremony and dinner Wednesday night in Charleston.

Andrea Santos, who teaches at Logan High School, was selected by a committee appointed by state Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano, according to a release issued by the state Department of Education.

The committee chooses the winner from six finalists who are the winners of their counties’ Teacher of the Year awards.

Santos is known for her inspiration, positivity and her ability to reach out to troubled students, the release stated. Santos’ students are important to her. She shows her students how to strive for excellence, respect others and explore cultural diversity and language.

In addition to the title, Santos also will receive an educational technology package valued at nearly $10,000, use of a Toyota vehicle for a year and cash awards from Horace Mann Insurance and Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

The other finalists were Amy McElroy from Cabell County; Kevin Warfield from Greenbrier County; Shelby Walburn from Hampshire County; Richard Kyer from Monongalia County and Candace Lewis from Wood County.

“It is an honor to be able to recognize such a dedicated group of educators in our state and I commend them for the work they do every day to support our young people,” Martirano said in the release.
“Research tells us that teachers are the single most important factor in how much a child learns in school.“Their role in the classroom is ever more critical as we work to increase the graduation rate and ensure that every child is in school every day.”

Also announced at Wednesday’s event were the 2014 Milken Family Foundation Winner, Ernie Adkins, a principal at Primary School in Princeton; and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Employee of the Year, Garland Christian who is a custodian in Wayne County at Ceredo Kenova Middle School, according to the release.

Schools of Excellence were announced for the 2015-2016 school year. Those schools were East Hardy High, Hardy County; Evans Elementary, Jackson County; Pleasant Valley Elementary, Marion County; Suncrest Middle, Monongalia County; Panther Creek Elementary, Nicholas County; Steenrod Elementary, Ohio County; Crescent Elementary, Raleigh County; Hacker Valley Elementary, Webster County and Greenmont Elementary, Wood County.

The 2015-2016 Premier Career and Technical Education Sites were John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center, Hancock County; Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center, Logan County and Mingo Central Comprehensive High School, Mingo County.