A third grade teacher at West Teays Elementary School in Putnam County has been named Science Teacher of the Year by the West Virginia Academy of Science (WVAS).
Barbara Lavon 'Tootie' Black, a 17-year teacher veteran, received the John Warner Outstanding Teacher Award during the Academy's 87th annual meeting and Science, Technology and Research Symposium (STaR) at West Virginia State University on Saturday, April 21.
"All children deserve an education that will prepare them for a successful and rewarding life," said Mrs. Black, who earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from West Virginia State and a master's degree from Marshall University. She earned voluntary accreditation as a National Board Certified Teacher in 2001 and renewed that certification in 2011. "I believe students should be actively involved in their own learning. So I captivate their interests by providing a world of science, such as raising trout, hissing cockroaches, a guinea pig, tarantula, crayfish and greenhouse projects to get them engaged."
The Academy of Science's teacher of the year award recognizes a kindergarten through 12th grade science teacher who inspires and makes a significant impact in the lives of students. Mrs. Black received a $300 stipend and a lifetime membership from the WVAS and was a special luncheon guest with Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Dr. Paul Hill, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller and National Science Foundation Director Dr. Subra Suresh during the STaR Symposium and WVAS meeting.