Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 25, 2013

Graham Middle School teacher given top honors

BLUEFIELD — A teacher was awarded the title of Four Seasons Teacher of the Year Thursday night and was honored with a very nice prize.

Laura Arthur, a seventh- grade math teacher at Graham Middle School was awarded the top honor and received a free vehicle to drive for a year from Cole Chevrolet. Arthur was one of six teachers to be honored at the event which was co-sponsored by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Cole Chevrolet and WVVA-TV.

“ I am so excited and honored,” Arthur said. “My main is goal is just helping kids learn. I love teaching.”

Arthur was chosen by a committee of education professors and staff members from Concord University. Each of the six nominees were interviewed by Concord staff about their teaching, professional development and involvement in the community.

The other nominees include Meagan Bradshaw, a teacher at Rocky Gap Elementary; Meagan Cahill, a teacher at Bluewell Elementary; Bobby Collins, a teacher at McDowell County Career and Technical Center; Chris Altizer, a teacher at Cedar Bluff Elementary; and Tammy Cooper, a teacher at Glenwood School.

All of the nominees were given a plaque and a gift basket.

Mayor Tom Cole and owner of Cole Chevrolet said, “It is an honor and privilege to host the event.”

“Teaching can be a thankless job sometimes. We really value so much of what our teachers do and are so happy that we can have this event to recognize them,” Cole said.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph Publisher Randy Mooney also added, “I am really glad to see a good turn out supporting our educators. We can’t thank you enough for what you do.”

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