Karen Schnably is Jefferson County’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. The longtime second-grade instructor at Ranson Elementary School was honored earlier this month at a dinner at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Board of Education President Gary Kable made the announcement and presented Schnably with a plaque.
Schnably taught in Jackson County before coming to Ranson 25 years ago. Former school board member Pete Dougherty continued a tradition of honoring the award winners that his late wife began. Dougherty, who resigned earlier this year to become sheriff, provided dinner for Schnably and Doris Anderson, Jefferson County’s Service Personnel of the Year, and will cover Schnably’s tuition for Leadership Jefferson. He also gave Anderson a gift card.
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MATH, SCIENCE EDUCATION
BRIDGEPORT – Two Jefferson County teachers were among three dozen West Virginia educators who took part in an innovative math and science workshop at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advance Flexible Manufacturing center here last month.
Jen Lowe of Harpers Ferry Middle School and Rick Rockey of Charles Town Middle School were among those who attended the training session. They will now be able to incorporate the NASA lessons in the curriculum for Jefferson County students.
They and other teachers learned classroom lessons designed to encourage students to consider career opportunities in the industry, particularly jobs in aviation, aerospace and advanced composite materials.
The March 9 workshop focused on how to use NASA’s “Museum in a Box,” with funding provided by the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.
According to NASA, Museum in a Box provides “hands-on/minds-on” lessons with an aeronautics theme to inspire future scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Lessons are tied to national STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) topics and are geared for students from kindergarten through the 12th grade.
STATE VFW TEACHER
Master Sgt. Will Poe, an Air Force Junior ROTC teacher at Jefferson High School, has been named the West Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year for 2013.
He is the state’s high school representative for national recognition.
This award recognizes one exceptional teacher from the elementary, middle and high school levels for promoting America’s history, traditions and institutions effectively.
Todd Kingsbury, commander of Charles Town VFW Post 3577, nominated Poe for the honor.
Poe will be recognized in mid-June at the Veterans of Foreign Wars State Convention in Huntington.
SOCIAL STUDIES FAIR
Jefferson County students came back winners after competing in this spring’s Regional Social Studies Fair. Harpers Ferry Middle School student Katie Rice took home a first-place award for “Ancient Hydroponics” in the geography category.
Jefferson High’s John Zaleski won second place for “Property Rights in Space.” He was competing in the political science category.
Three students took third-place awards: Emma Espinosa of Charles Town Middle School with “Electoral College: Is It Old School?” in the political science category;
Shepherdstown Middle School’s Ariel Cifala and Katie Glenn in the sociology team category with “How Trust Has Changed Since WWII”; and Abigail Desimone of Charles Town Middle School in the U.S. history category for “Harriet Tubman’s Influence on Slavery.”
Four other students were awarded “Honorable Mention” status for their projects. They include Harpers Ferry Middle School’s Kassidy James (“The Life and Culture of the Apache American Indians,” anthropology) and Julia Grimm (“Not Your Common Phobias,” psychology), Wildwood Middle’s Issac Hylton and Robert Gianinny (“Tobacco: In Our Economy,” economics team) and Shepherdstown Middle School’s Dylan Thomas (“Stalingrad,” world history).
JEFFERSON HIGH THEATRE
Students from Jefferson High School won a number of awards recently at the West Virginia Thespians Festival, including Rachel Lawyer (second place, advanced playwriting and first place, character makeup); Lawyer and Mitchell Wajda (first place, extraordinary project); Taimia Ross (second place costume renderings); and Anna Hosey (second place, novice mask); Emily Baker and Molly Briggs (first place, novice publicity).
Jessica Ries and Mitchell Wajda were named to the All-Festival cast while Dominic Massimino and Koty Crawford earned a superior rating for a duet. They qualified to perform at the International Festival.
Jefferson’s Tech Rodeo Team placed second and the school finished third in the “Outstanding Technical Theatre School.”
Monica Hanigan earned a $500 scholarship to West Virginia University while Koty Crawford earned a $1,000 scholarship to Fairmont State University.
FORMER TEACHER’S NEW ROLE
Shepherdstown resident Donald Bret Hale Jr. has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force after completing the 12-week extensive Basic Officer Training School.
His wife Chi and daughter Gemma attended his Feb. 15 commissioning ceremony at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., along with his parents, Bret and Laura Hale, and his grandparents, Donald and Dorrene Hale.
His family all took part in the “pinning” ceremony, with his grandfather giving him his first salute.
Hale is a graduate of Jefferson High School and Shepherd University. Before entering the service, he was a teacher at Washington High School.
Hale and his family now are stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where he is assigned to the 28th Test Squadron as an operations analyst.