Life isn't fair. Most people will hear this phrase a number of times throughout their lives. Nonetheless, people have the power to change that concept, or at least that is the philosophy by which Hurricane High School teacher Jennifer Weddington abides.
Treating her students and fellow staff members at Hurricane with respect is important to her, as is made apparent through the way she interacts with people. Instead of just accepting the famous expression of unfairness as a fact of life, Weddington sees unfair experiences as opportunities for improvement.
"Fairness is my mantra," she said. "Fairness and fair treatment."
Initially, teaching was not what Weddington planned to do with her life. Both of her parents were teachers, so becoming a teacher herself did not cross her mind.
However, as a student at St. Albans High School, she knew that communication was her strong suit. Her interest in pursuing a career in communication sparked a dream to become a host on "Good Morning America."
Weddington went to West Virginia State College to earn an associate's degree in communications and completed an internship at TV 8 (WCHS) in the newsroom. Through her internship experience, she realized that what she thought was her dream profession was not the line of work she was being called to perform.
"I thought I wanted to be on a talk show, but really I just loved talking with people," she said.
Following her internship at WCHS, Weddington spent time working at TV 23, which later became Fox 11. A small part of her job was giving informative tours. These tours started out as a chore but became an enjoyable task for Weddington and an inspiration to make teaching others her permanent occupation.