By Wendy Holdren
A Bradley Elementary School teacher was honored with a Teacher Achievement Award from the Arch Coal Foundation Thursday at the Clay Center in Charleston.
Amanda Sammons Meadows, a kindergarten teacher at Bradley Elementary in Mount Hope with six years of experience, was one of 12 West Virginia teachers who were recognized this year.
This prestigious award is West Virginia’s longest-running privately sponsored teacher recognition program.
“Today, Arch Coal celebrates teaching excellence in West Virginia, where for 25 years this program has been honoring teachers who make our schools and communities successful,” said John W. Eaves, Arch Coal President and CEO.
The public nominates teachers and a blue-ribbon peer panel of the award recipients select the winners. Teacher Achievement Award winners receive recognition, a $3,500 unrestricted cash award, a distinctive trophy and a classroom plaque. The West Virginia Foundation for the Improvement of Education, a foundation of the West Virginia Education Association, makes a $1,000 award to each public school with a recipient, for use with at-risk students.
“I believe teaching is something you should be passionate about,” Meadows said. “I love to act. I once dreamed of packing up and heading to New York City to pursue an acting career. I now have a job where I put on a show Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. I teach like I’m acting: I teach with enthusiasm and love. Enthusiasm is contagious. If I have it, the students will also get it.”
Meadows earned a bachelor of science degree in education and a master of arts as a reading specialist from Concord University. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher and has completed more than 45 post-graduate educational credits. She was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2010 by Bradley Elementary, and has received numerous grants for her classroom.
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