After returning from the State of the State, I presented to the Sunrise Rotary at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. I shared my experiences in the classroom, fellowships and activities that have taken me to other parts of the country, and my current activities as the West Virginia Teacher of the Year. That evening, I was recognized by the Berkeley County Board of Education at their board meeting, where I gave a short speech, Teachers are our Water. I also attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Banquet that weekend, which awards college scholarships to high school students in our area. The keynote speaker, the Rev. Lewis M. Anthony, gave the benediction at Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral.
|Presenting to the Rotary Club|
|Berkeley County Board of Education|
|Michael Wuest, head of community relations committee for YLA at Martinsburg High School|
|Vicky Bullett, Martinsburg native and Olympic gold medalist, at MLK Jr. Banquet|
|Rosabell Roman, Founder and President Emeritus of MLK Jr. Scholarship|
|North Middle and South Middle students of the Scholars Academy (can you find the teacher in this picture? :-)|
|Berkeley County Council|
|Presenting to the Noon Rotary Club|
|Berkeley needs to quit photo bombing my pictures and write his blog posts!|
February looks pretty busy at this point as well - of course, weather pending. If you pray - and not everyone prays, and I respect that, but if you do - please pray for my safety. I live four and-a-half hours from Charleston, and have to travel I-68 (goes through Cumberland and Finzel, Maryland, where the winter weather can get nasty fast). The interstate is loaded with tractor trailers. I have no idea where I'm going most of the time and am at the mercy of my car's GPS (and ability to read a map). Keeping it real, it's a little intimidating to be small, young (looking-ish), and traveling solo. I will do great things (I hope) for the extraordinary people of this state, but I've got to get there and stay in one piece.
This is not a year off - it's a year on, as in on all the time. It's the best job ever, and I hope I do it well.