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Putnam honors three educators

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- At a Board of Education meeting Monday, Putnam County Schools honored three of its employees for exemplary performance.

Superintendent Chuck Hatfield presented an administrator of the year award, a teacher of the year award and a service personnel of the year award during the meeting. Each recipient was nominated by other faculty members and each was chosen based on his or her credentials and experience, Hatfield said.

"We say quite frequently that the success of this system is based on the people who work for us," Hatfield said. "We mean that sincerely, and we have a tremendous number of excellent educators and administrators and service personnel in Putnam County."

The 2013-14 Putnam County teacher of the year, Natalie Breedlove, is Poca Elementary School's kindergarten teacher and has taught in Putnam County since 2004.

Breedlove holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Marshall University, and holds national board certification in literacy, early childhood and middle childhood development. She is a Teacher's Leader, a Wilson Reading Leader, and a member of the Classroom Assessment Network for the Putnam County Reading Association.

"It is a great honor to work in this county," Breedlove said. "I have always felt very privileged to work here, and I appreciate this so much. I feel very humbled, because I know there are so many great teachers in this county."

The 2013-14 administrator of the year, Doug Cross, has served as principal of Hurricane Middle School since 2009. Cross, a former science teacher at Winfield Middle School, has also served as the assistant principal at both George Washington Middle School and Hurricane Middle School.

Cross is a graduate of Poca High School and Marshall University. He is currently working toward his doctoral degree in public school administration.

This year's service personnel employee of the year, Terri Eggleston, has worked as an education aide at George Washington Middle School since 2004, and had worked in the county's Parent Education Resource Center for a decade before transitioning to her current job. Eggleston has CPR and first aid training, as well as medication training and nonviolent crisis intervention and classroom management training.

According to Hatfield, student enrollment in Putnam County has risen by roughly 150 students over last year. Hatfield said about 50 of those students are enrolled at Buffalo High School, the most recently renovated high school in the county.

"The building was built for up to 450 students -- expecting some expansion -- so we haven't turned anyone away," he said.

The next regular meeting of the Putnam County school board will be Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the board offices in Winfield.

Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nuzum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.


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