West Teays Honored by US Department of Education

West Teays Recieves National Blue Ribbon School Honor by US Department of Education
Posted on 11/19/2019
West Teays receives National Blue Ribbon School honor by the US Department of Education in Washington D.C.

West Teays Elementary School was honored during the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony in Washington, D.C. November 14- 15, 2019. 

West Teays was one of only three schools in the state of West Virginia to be recognized at this prestigious two-day event. School Principal, Val Fowler, Music Educator, Carol Young, and Putnam County Schools Superintendent, John Hudson, joined representatives from 362 schools across the country in honor and celebration.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. 

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. 

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. Now in its 37th year, the U.S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on more than 9,000 schools. 

The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. It serves as an inspiration and a model for schools striving for excellence.