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Virginia’s 2010 “Teacher of the Year” Visits BSC to Inspire a New Generation of Teachers (w/photo)

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    Monday, October 11 2010
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Cathy Webb (center), the 2010 Virginia “Teacher of the Year,” recently addressed Bluefield State College Education program students during a recent visit to the College.  She is pictured with Dr. Tom Blevins (left) BSC Dean of the Virtual College, Technology and the School of Education; Professor, English/Education, and Dr. Elisabeth Steenken (right), BSC Director of Teacher Education; Associate Professor, Education

(Bluefield)—The 2010 Virginia “Teacher of the Year,” Cathy Webb, shared her life and career experiences with a group of Bluefield State College Education Program seniors during a recent presentation at the College.  A speech pathologist and teacher of students with autism at Macy McClaugerty, Pearisburg (VA) Elementary/Middle School, Webb encouraged her audience to cultivate a passion for the profession by developing a caring relationship for the students and their parents.   

“I never intended to become a teacher,” Webb recounted.  “However, after some time in a public school setting, I fell in love with the job, and the job became a passion—a quest to help students and their families.”  She told her audience that the job could and should become a quest for more knowledge, better teaching strategies, improved student outcomes and parental involvement.

“I encourage each of you,” she said, “to maintain a passion and optimism in your work, considering the very real possibility that you could be the key to the child who has not yet experienced success.” 

Dr. Betsy Steenken, Director of BSC’s Teacher Education Program, invited Webb to address the students, who are preparing to enter area public schools as student teachers. “I have known Cathy since we taught together at Narrows Elementary/Middle School (Giles Co., VA) in the 1980s. She was the same amazing teacher then and has only increased her passion for helping all her students succeed.  “I wanted our students to hear from someone who had taught for nearly 30 years and remains enthusiastic and energized about her profession. Everyone who meets her quickly understands why she was chosen “Virginia Teacher of the Year” she said.

“I thought bringing Cathy to BSC provided a great opportunity for our teacher candidates to meet an outstanding professional who is a lifetime resident of this region,” Steenken added.  “She makes us all proud of our profession and reminds us why we become teachers,” she concluded.