At Monday night's Wetzel County Board of Education meeting, Tracy Mason, Janet Park, Deborah Rothacher, and Tempa Steele were all honored as the new "Twenty Five Year Club Honorees" of the Board of Education.
Mason graduated from Magnolia High School in 1982. She received a bachelor's degree in education from West Liberty State College in 1986 and began her teaching career as a special education teacher at Sistersville Elementary School that same year. She remained at Sistersville in 1989 until she moved to Charleston where she then taught at the Shawkey School in St. Albans until December 1989. She began her teaching career at Wetzel County in January 1990 as a special education teacher at Short Line School; she began teaching fifth grade at SLS in 1994 and is presently teaching sixth grade.
Park graduated from Valley High School in 1980. She attended West Virginia Northern Community College until 1981 and then transferred to Fairmont State College. Park received her bachelor's degree in education from Fairmont in 1984 and began her teaching career in Wetzel County that same year as a substitute and homebound teacher. Parks began teaching full-time at SLS in the fall of 1987 and two years later she began teaching first grade at Long Drain School. Parks has since remained at Long Drain School, where she has taught at various grade levels. She currently teaches third grade.
Pictured are Tracy Mason, Janet Park, and Tempa Steele, newly recognized members of the Wetzel County Board of Education’s “Twenty-Five Year Club.” Not pictured is Deborah Rothacher.
Rothacher graduated from Cabrill Senior High School in Lompe, Calif., in 1971. She then attended Merced College from 1971 to 1973, receiving a liberal arts degree. In 1986, she graduated from Marietta College where she received her teaching certificate in secondary education. She worked as a dental assistant in California and she also worked for Dr. Bruce Forbes in New Martinsville for 10 years. Rothacher was an adult teacher at the Wetzel County Career Center from 1985-1986. She worked as a substitute teacher in Wetzel County during the 1986-1987 school year and began teaching full time in the fall of 1987 at Paden City High School, where she taught science. In 1989, Rothacher taught science at both Paden City and Magnolia High Schools. Presently, she teaches biology at Magnolia, where she has taught for several years.
Steele attended Hundred Grade School and graduated from Hundred High School in 1974. She worked for Bell's Market, Mountain State Telephone, and the Band of Hundred before going to work for Wetzel County Schools as a secretary at Hundred High School in 1986. In 1994, she changed job classifications and became a classroom aide at LDS. Presently, Steele is a kindergarten aide at LDS.