Rowe Named Mercer County Teacher of the Year


PRINCETON, WV, May 1, 2018: Mercer County’s 54th Teacher of the Year could have been any one of the twenty-six (26) school honorees recognized at the district’s annual banquet on May 1st. “A good teacher is one who teaches with love and one who has faith that it can be done,” said Dr. Deborah Akers, Superintendent, in her welcoming remarks.

“When I look around the room tonight,” Akers said, “I see teachers who care about children…Teachers that want to be an influence in the lives of children…Teachers who are devoted to children.”

This year, the selection committee carefully reviewed the nominations and interviewed the top three (3) candidates. Mercer County Schools is proud to introduce Ms. Ivory Rowe of Bluefield Middle School as their Teacher of the Year. Rowe is currently in her thirty-eighth (38) year of teaching. She graduated from Bluefield High School prior to earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Concord University.

She began her career in Mercer County starting at Fairview Junior High. She transferred to Bluefield Junior High where she taught Math. When the ninth grade students moved to Bluefield High School, she continued to teach Math at Bluefield Middle School. Rowe currently resides in Bluefield, West Virginia.

When asked about her teaching philosophy, Rowe says she likes to utilize a variety of technologies and strategies in the classroom. She elaborated by saying that she loves the first few days of school because that is the best opportunity for her to really start learning who her students are, who their friends are, and who they are best-suited to work with in the classroom. She is the eighth (8th) grade team leader, faculty senate treasurer, Math textbook committee member, and volunteer coach for Math Field Day, Math Counts, and Math Olympiad. Outside of school, Rowe is an active member of College Avenue Baptist Church, member of the Order of Eastern Star, volunteer for Heaven Sent Ministries, and chairperson for her church’s Public Relations Committee.

Kim Miller, principal of Bluefield Middle School, says that Rowe strengthens the teaching profession through her continued commitment to see students excel. Furthermore, Ms. Rowe provides lessons that maintain student interest. She spends many hours of her own time preparing for students, for classes, and for competitions. Miller also says she is elated to have a teacher of Rowe’s quality and experience to represent Bluefield Middle School and Mercer County Schools.

Rowe will now represent Mercer County in the state competition. The 2019 West Virginia Teacher of the Year is scheduled to be chosen later this summer.

The following teachers were also recognized tonight as their school’s Teacher of the Year. Each one was called forward to receive a framed certificate and be congratulated by members of the Board of Education: Terry Bailey, Athens Elementary; Sandy Gallimore, Bluefield High; Michele Chahar, Bluefield Intermediate; Ivory Rowe, Bluefield Middle; Katie Hincher, Bluewell Elementary; Wendy Cundiff, Brushfork Elementary; Krystal Cundiff, Ceres Elementary; Cathy Anderson, Early Learning Center; Tim S. Woodward, II, Glenwood; Melissa Brooks, Lashmeet/Matoaka; Angela Barilla, MCTEC; Karen Cox, Melrose; Diana Sandifer, Memorial Primary; Donna Sizemore, Mercer Elementary; Kathy Goins, Montcalm Elementary; Melissa Lanter, Montcalm High; Stacie Ruble, Oakvale Elementary; Kristin Neal, PikeView High; Billy Curry, PikeView Middle; Jennifer McClanahan, Princeton Senior High; Aundrea Rutledge, Princeton Middle; Samantha Dove, Princeton Primary; Kristy Cecil, Spanishburg Elementary; Amber Riffe, Straley Elementary; Sarah Graham, Sun Valley Elementary; and Deana Wyrick, Whitethorn Primary.