John Quesenberry receives History Teacher of the Year honor

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By Rachael Cardin 

BECKLEY - A high school teacher in Raleigh County has been recognized as one of the top educators in the state.

John Quesenberry is a History and Social Studies teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. He is also the most recent recipient of the West Virginia History Teacher of the Year Award. Quesenberry was awarded by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History after being nominated by a student. Quesenberry said he loves his job and has taught at other Raleigh County Schools before coming to Woodrow, where he is working on his 10th year as an AP History, AP Government and Continued Studies teacher.

“You still get excited when you see that 'ah-ha' moment and when someone actually gets it or they take something and see it in a way you didn't even think. Just seeing them grow and seeing them learn  and a lot of time, being able to do things they didn't realize they could...that's really rewarding,” said Quesenberry.

Quesenberry said no date is set for the awards ceremony, but winners of this award from other states are now in the running for the National History Teacher of the Year Award.

Quesenberry is an at-large member of the West Virginia Education Association's Executive Committee.