Raleigh County fifth-grade teacher named West Virginia Teacher of the Year

Jada Reeves stands in the gallery Wednesday as she is recognized by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice during his State of the State address as the 2019 West Virginia Teacher of the Year. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

A fifth-grade teacher in Raleigh County was honored Thursday as the 2019 West Virginia Teacher of the Year.

Jada Reeves, a teacher at Bradley Elementary in Mount Hope, was recognized with the award Thursday during a presentation in Charleston, according to a news release from the West Virginia Department of Education.

Reeves received awards totaling more than $15,000 and the use of a new car from Toyota.

During his State of the State address Wednesday at the state Capitol, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice had Reeves stand up in the balcony for a round of applause.

The governor attended Thursday’s presentation, along with state Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine, the West Virginia Board of Education and representatives from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Horace Mann Insurance Solutions, WesBanco and the West Virginia Lottery.

“Teachers are the backbone of our communities, they help shape the lives of our children, and we owe them a debt of gratitude,” Justice said in a news release.

Reeves said she is extremely honored and humbled to represent West Virginia as the 2019 Teacher of the Year.

“I could not possibly think of another profession that would be as inspiring as an educator,” Reeves said. “I adore my students and am passionate about teaching.”

Toyota donated a new car to Reeves for use as she travels across the Mountain State to fulfill her duties as Teacher of the Year.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia also honored Reeves, presenting her with a $5,000 check. Horace Mann Insurance Solutions presented her with a check for $5,000. Representatives from WesBanco presented Reeves with a check for $5,000 to support her classroom and her duties as Teacher of the Year.

The West Virginia Lottery sponsored the Teacher of the Year Program, providing a $300 grant to each of the county Teacher of the Year winners to use in their classrooms.

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