CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Governor Jim Justice’s Chief of Staff, Nick Casey, joined State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano, West Virginia Board of Education President Tom Campbell and representatives from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to present the 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year, Toni Poling, with a check for $5,000 and a new Toyota car.
“Toni Poling is a shining example of how great West Virginia’s educators truly are,” said Governor Jim Justice. “If we would just give our educators the freedom to teach, just imagine what our students could achieve. Our educators are under-appreciated and the truth is they have one of the most important jobs. We need to honor our teachers every single day for their hard work.”
Poling has taught English to 11th and 12th graders at Fairmont Senior High School for 11 years, utilizing innovation and technology to bring the subject to life for her students.
"I am incredibly honored to represent West Virginia teachers as Teacher of the Year,’ said Poling. “Though teaching is the most challenging enterprise I've ever undertaken, it's also one of the most rewarding. Walking into my classroom and learning with my amazing students is one of the best parts of my day, and I look forward to sharing my experience with my colleagues on the national level."
Toyota donated a new car to Poling to use for one year as she travels across the Mountain State, fulfilling her duties as Teacher of the Year.
“Teaching is a profession worthy of our utmost respect. Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia is thrilled to be a part of the West Virginia Teacher of the Year Award, as the award recognizes exceptional teachers who display enthusiasm and dedication to their students every day. On behalf of all our team members, congratulations, Toni Poling,” said Leah Curry, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia President.
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia also honored Poling, presenting her with a $5,000 check.
“Highmark West Virginia is honored to recognize our state’s Teacher of the Year for the 16th consecutive year,” said Jim Fawcett, Highmark West Virginia president. “We know that Toni Poling will serve as a role model for her students and peers throughout West Virginia, inspiring others by demonstrating how the highest standards of her profession can be achieved in the classroom.”