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Fonner Recieves Distinguished Fellow Award

By Staff | Nov 19, 2015

New Martinsville School fifth-grade teacher Linda Fonner was awarded the West Virginia Science Teachers Association Distinguished Fellow Award. Photo Provided

Linda Fonner, fifth grade teacher at New Martinsville School, was awarded the West Virginia Science Teachers Association Distinguished Fellow Award at the WVSTA annual conference.

To be eligible for this highest WVSTA honor, four of the following seven criteria must be met:

– Past officer of WVSTA

– Help plan/execute a WVSTA conference

– Leadership in statewide educational activities

– Presenter at several WVSTA conferences

– Significant contributions to the enhancement of science education

– Recipient of other significant recognition

– Served on state committees.

Fonner met all seven of the criteria. She has served as elementary representative, secretary, president-elect, president and past-president. She chaired the conference at Oglebay and has worked on many others. Fonner was a cadre member of the National Science Foundation grant program CATS (coordinated and thematic science) and also has been a mentor teacher for the West Virginia Handle on Science kit program in the northern panhandle.

Fonner has worked at the state level on the Instructional Materials Advisory Council and has served as its chair. She has also been a part of the Teacher Leadership Institute staff, WESTEST writing team, Master Trainer, and Model Classroom. Fonner also facilitates online book studies and presents for the WV Center for Professional Development.

Work at the national level has included energy education throughout the United States for the NEED Project (National Energy Education Development) in which she serves on its curriculum committee, teacher advisory board and as a workshop facilitator.

Fonner was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. She served as a national reviewer of the Next Generation Science Standards.

With all of these different experiences, Fonner stated, “My favorite part of education is still being in my classroom and teaching my students.”