The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) has announced the six finalists for 2020 West Virginia Teacher of the Year. Finalists were selected among 2019 County Teachers of the Year from each school district. This year’s finalists represent elementary, middle and high school educators from all regions of the state and include Alexandria Amorim, Wayne High School, Wayne County; Kara Bowles, Mountaineer Middle School, Harrison County; Clara “T.C.” Tucker-Clemons, Highlawn Elementary School, Cabell County; Aaron Fedorke, Wheeling Park High School, Ohio County; Jennifer Schwertfeger, Cameron High School, Marshall County; and Lucas Woods, PikeView High School, Mercer County.
“I congratulate these six extraordinary educators, and I appreciate the outstanding work they do every day for the students of West Virginia,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine. “These teachers take a comprehensive approach in their classrooms and have dedicated their lives to educating future generations.”
Jennifer Schwertfeger is a science teacher at Cameron High School in Cameron. Her courses include biology, human anatomy, AP Biology and physics. Schwertfeger believes that all students can achieve and feels it is her role as an educator to tailor content to ensure they do. She promotes the importance for students to recognize their connection to science starting on a personal level and broadening their scope of understanding to their community and world. Schwertfeger not only serves her students daily but also supports her colleagues and new teachers as a Marshall County teacher leader, new teacher mentor and a cooperating teacher for future educators. Believing that one can always improve, Schwertfeger is currently seeking her National Board Certification.
West Virginia’s 2020 State Teacher of the Year will be announced on September 11, 2019 at a ceremony at Embassy Suites in Charleston. The winner will represent West Virginia in the National Teacher of the Year Program.