From Staff Reports
KEYSER, W.Va. — Melissa Purdy, a fourth-grade teacher at Keyser Primary Middle School, has been selected as Mineral County’s Teacher of the Year.
Purdy, who was nominated by the school’s parent teacher organization, as well as other nominees, will be recognized Thursday at the Mineral County Teacher of the Year banquet.
Purdy began her teaching career with Mineral County schools in 1994 as a special education teacher at Keyser Primary Middle.
In 2008, she was placed as a primary school teacher and has remained at the primary school level.
Purdy holds a bachelor of science degree from Frostburg State University and a master of arts from West Virginia University. She holds West Virginia certification in elementary education for grades K through six; English, science and mathematics for grades five through nine; and special education, including autism, for K through 12.
Purdy holds a membership in both the West Virginia Education and the Mineral County Education associations.
Teacher of the Year receives a $1,000 grant and a gift from the Mineral County Board of Education and First United Bank & Trust.
Michael Funkhouser, 2013 West Virginia Teacher of the Year, will be speaker for the banquet.
Other nominees for the Mineral County Teacher of the Year were Kimberly Furey, Frankfort Intermediate School; Mark Kowalski, Adrianne Minard and Deborah Wallizer, Keyser Primary Middle; and Natalie Zimmerman, Keyser High School.
Purdy resides in Keyser with her husband, Jed, and son, Jeremiah. Meghan, her daughter, resides in Morgantown and is a senior at West Virginia University.
Mineral County’s 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year was Jeanne Clites, a fifth-grade teacher at Frankfort Middle School.
The banquet will be held at Bonnieview Apostolic Chapel on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.