Marshall County Board of Education members and county administrators recognized Teacher of the Year candidates from each of the county’s twelve schools during the regular board meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
Each year teachers and administration vote a faculty member to represent their school as a Teacher of the Year contender. Then a committee, consisting of county office officials and previous award recipients, choose the county winner.
Amy Ritz was awarded 2017 Marshall County Schools Teacher of the Year. She has taught math at Moundsville Middle School for the past two years and previously taught at John Marshall High School and West Virginia Northern Community College. Ritz attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Wheeling Jesuit University.
“Students at Moundsville Middle School make teaching fun for me,” said Ritz. “I love teaching because every day is a win. It may be small but every day a student leaves my classroom understanding they have potential.”
Teacher of the Year nominees at each school include: Kerry King (Cameron Elementary School), Mark Witzberger (Cameron High School), Jerilyn Eskridge (Central Elementary School), Ruth Mozingo (Center McMechen Elementary School), Tami Scollick (Glen Dale Elementary School), Kim Wood (Hilltop Elementary Elementary School), Dianne Magers (John Marshall High School), Dave Parsons (John Marshall High School), Heather Haught (McNinch Primary School), Diane Gellner (Sand Hill Elementary School), Justin Hamrick (Sherrard Middle School) and Jessica Diefenbaugh (Washington Lands Elementary School).
All nominees were presented with a certificate for being a top teacher at their respective schools.