CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WOWK) — The West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Board of Education announced Marshall County’s Jennifer Schwertfeger as the 2020 West Virginia Teacher of the Year on Wednesday night at the annual West Virginia Teacher of the Year Gala.
Schwertfeger teaches traditional and college-level science courses at Cameron High School. A ten-year veteran of education, she has transformed the way science is taught in her classroom with meaningful hands-on and “minds-on” interactive lessons.
The West Virginia Teacher of the Year program identifies, recognizes and promotes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state.
“Mrs. Schwertfeger’s dedication to her students and her profession can be seen in everything she does,” said West Virginia’s Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine.
“Her classroom is where passion and learning combine to ignite an understanding and love for science within her students. She is a vital resource to our state as an effective STEM educator who is committed to be the best teacher possible and getting the best out of her students.”
Other 2020 finalists include:
- Alexandria Amorim of Wayne High School in Wayne County
- Kara Bowles of Mountaineer Middle School in Harrison County
- Clara “T.C.” Tucker-Clemons of Highlawn Elementary School in Cabell County
- Aaron Fedorke of Wheeling Park High School in Ohio County
- Lucas Woods of PikeView High School in Mercer County.
As West Virginia’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, Schwertfeger will receive a car for use for Teacher of the Year engagements throughout the year from Toyota; $5,000 from both Highmark West Virginia and The Horace Mann Insurance Company; and a $1,000 gift card from Coca-Cola Consolidated. Schwertfeger, along with each county winner receives a $300 grant for their classrooms from the West Virginia Lottery; a classroom technology package from SMART Technologies; and a West Virginia-themed piece of art glass from Blenko Glass. Coca-Cola Consolidated also provided each county winner with a care package including a $500 gift card.
West Virginia’s teacher of the year program is one of the oldest and most consistent Teacher of the Year programs in the nation. Schwertfeger will go on to be considered for Teacher of the Year at the national level and will travel all over the country with her 2020 cohort of state Teachers of the Year to participate in professional development and speaking engagements.