Smith Named Pocahontas County Teacher Of The Year

Green Bank, WV – Students and teachers at Green Bank Elementary Middle School gathered in the school gym on a recent spring afternoon to honor school cafeteria manager Jean Taylor for her many years of service. But they soon discovered that Superintendent Patrick Law and Board of Education members had another reason for being at the school – to announce that one of their own is this year’s Pocahontas County Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Law began reading from a list of attributes and accomplishments of this teacher, asking students to raise their hands when they figured out who he was talking about. It didn’t take long before almost every hand was raised. When Dr. Law asked the students to whom he was referring, they happily shouted out “Mrs. Smith!!!”

That’s science teacher Anne Smith. To say she was surprised would be an understatement. Aware that her fellow teachers had nominated her for the honor, she thought she’d been passed by this year. She received a floral bouquet and certificate form Dr. Law. She’ll also be recognized at a future board meeting. Smith will now represent Pocahontas County in the competition to be West Virginia Teacher of the Year.

In addition to her teaching duties at the school, Smith is also involved with the Pulsar Collaboratory Study in conjunction with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The on-going study allows students to look for pulsars and other astronomical phenomena.

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