Teacher and School Service Person of the Year

Teacher and School Service Person of the Year
Posted on 05/04/2021
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Jefferson County Schools is proud to announce the names of the Teacher of the Year and the Service Person of the Year. Following the interviews held on Wednesday, April 21, Jennifer Cogle was named Teacher of the Year, and Heather Pindell was named Service Person of the Year. 
Jennifer Cogle is a teacher at Shepherdstown Middle School.  She teaches English and has been employed in this position for nine years.  She is currently responsible for teaching an accelerated program of Reading and Language and is credited with developing strategies to improve the virtual learning experience, which has been so important in the COVID era of teaching.
         Her leadership and community involvement are extensive. She serves as a 4H Leader, is the co-superintendent of the Youth Department at the Jefferson County Fair, and member of the Fair Board. Cogle is the Faculty Senate President at Shepherdstown Middle School and formerly worked as a cheerleading and softball coach at SMS. She says that she is passionate about being a life-long reader and learner and strives to instill the same desire in her students and fellow teachers.
         Heather Pindell, a 31- year employee of Jefferson County Schools’ Transportation Department, is Transportation Supervisor.  Her responsibilities include trip scheduling, supervising employee absenteeism, evaluations, discipline, instruction, and even driving a bus when needed. Her community service is far-reaching and extensive.  She is an associate member of Fraternal Order of Police #83, a member of District Service Personnel Staff Development Council, and a member of the Service Personnel Association for Jefferson County. 
         Perhaps she is best known in the school system for a project entitled “Stuff A Bus,” where she partnered with Walmart and Jefferson County Council on Aging to provide book bags and school supplies for children who needed these supplies.  She also partnered with Chick-Fil-A to “Stuff a Bus to Keep Our Kids Warm.”     In the community, she created and organized free lunches for “Furloughed Government Workers”, organized a benefit to support victims of Domestic Violence, and many more activities for which she has provided support and leadership.
         Her supervisor says, “Mrs. Pindell’s dedication to the students of Jefferson County is second to none. She continually goes above and beyond the call of her job duties to make sure our employees and students know they are valued and respected.”
         Congratulations to Jennifer and Heather! Both nominees will compete on the State level.

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