JCS Names Teacher and Service Person of the Year

JCS Names Teacher and Service Person of the Year
Posted on 03/24/2020
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Sadly, the Jefferson County Schools’ (JCS) Annual Teacher of the Year and School Service Person of the Year celebration at the Moose in Charles Town will not be taking place this week. Like so many other events this month, it has been canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but this year’s honorees deserve to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to Jefferson County Schools none the less.
Lauren Walls, Media Specialist at C.W. Shipley Elementary School, was chosen as Teacher of the Year for 2021 and Kelli Myers, Cafeteria Manager at Charles Town Middle School, was named Service Person of the Year for 2020.
Walls, a 10-year teacher in Jefferson County, earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Shepherd University. She taught fourth and second grades before earning her endorsement certification to be a media specialist in 2016. Her love for books and her ability to teach various grade levels inspired her to become a librarian. She has been at C.W. Shipley for the past two years and says she loves what she does.
           Walls’ principal, Dr. Dawn Tyler, says, “Mrs. Walls is a brilliant example of what it should look, sound, and feel like to work with students as her daily interactions with children are exceptional. Her enthusiasm, love, and passion for teaching are unparalleled.”
Myers has been employed by Jefferson County Schools for the past eight years. For her job as cafeteria manager at Charles Town Middle School, she has sought extensive training in child nutrition. She participated in the Server Safe course in 2017, all of the meetings for cooks provided by the Child Nutrition Department the past eight years, a course provided by West Virginia University Extension Office for “Farm to School,” and is currently enrolled the Board of Governor’s Degree program at Blue Ridge Community College. For the fall semester at Blue Ridge Community College, she was awarded the “President’s Award” for all A’s.
Not only is she hailed as an “expert” at her job, but she also volunteers for extra duties such as the caretaker of the Kare Closet at the school. This project is sponsored by The Builder’s Club (part of the Kiwanis Club). This closet includes clothing, hygiene materials, etc. that students may need. She discreetly helps any student who needs her assistance to obtain these objectives. She volunteers for many other projects at the school and in the community.
One of her recommendations states that “She is the heart and soul of Charles Town Middle School. Every school needs a Ms. Kelli.” 

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