Thompson Named 2015 Four Seasons Teacher of the Year

PRINCETON, WV, October 23, 2015:  Cole Chevrolet’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year could have been any one of many school honorees recognized last night.  “To be selected as Teacher of the Year is a great honor and accomplishment,” said Superintendent Deborah Akers.

“I would be proud to have any one of our three representatives win,” Akers said.  However, she continued, “Only one can win.  Selecting from such a field of dedicated and devoted teachers is very difficult for any committee.” Nominees were from Mercer and McDowell counties in West Virginia and Tazewell and Bland counties in Virginia.

 Sun Valley’s first grade teacher, Brenda Thompson was very surprised when her name was called.  Thompson believes that teachers make dreams possible. She also feels like it is important to meet the kids where they are.”  Additionally, she stated she was thankful to be a part of such an outstanding group of teachers.

According to Ashley Smith, principal at Sun Valley Elementary, “There is no greater example of Teacher of the Year than Thompson.”  Smith also says that Thompson serves on multiple committees in a leadership role, serves as a liaison for her school, and voluntarily attends trainings and workshops to keep her knowledge of educational issues current.

Mercer County was also honored to have two additional teachers represent them:  Ms. Linda Harmon from Princeton Senior High School and Ms. Ruby Hubbard from Glenwood School. All three representatives received overflowing gift baskets, and Thompson received the use of a new vehicle for one year.

The Mercer County Board of Education, Dr. Deborah Akers-Superintendent, and Ms. Ashley Smith are excited and proud to have Brenda Thompson represent Mercer County Schools as Four Seasons Teacher Of The Year.