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Three Educators Join School’s ‘25 Year’ Club

By Staff | May 11, 2016

Photo Provided Pictured is Wetzel County Schools’ Assistant Superintendent Jay Yeager, alongside “25 Year Club” inductees Vicki S. Batton and Elliot L. Kendle. Not pictured is Steven D. Ross, who was also inducted into the club.

Three of Wetzel County Schools’ educators were honored at the Monday, May 2 meeting of the Wetzel County Board of Education as they joined the prestigious “25 Year Club.”

Vicki S. Batton, Elliott L. Kendle, and Steven D. Ross each were recognized for their contributions to education, as Assistant Superintendent Jay Yeager read a brief history on each of the educators.’

Batton graduated from Magnolia High School in 1981. She graduated from West Liberty State College in 1989 with a BA in Elementary Education. Batton substituted during the 1990-1991 school year at Long Drain School and began working for Wetzel County Schools in 1991. She has taught at Paden City Elementary School and Short Line School and is presently a second grade teacher at NMS.

Kendle graduated from Paden City High School in 1984 and graduated from Bethany College in 1988 with a BA degree in Psychology and Education. He also earned his MA degree in educational leadership from West Virginia University in 2000.

Kendle began working for Wetzel County Schools as a substitute teacher in 1988. He worked as a year-long substitute teacher at NMS from 1989-1990 and taught fifth grade.

During the 1990-1991 school year he taught fifth grade at Short Line School. In Fall 1991, Kendle was hired as a special education teacher at PCES; in Fall 1992 he taught third grade at LDS.

In Spring 1993, Kendle returned to PCES where he taught second grade.

Kendle has been at PCES since then and has taught Kindergarten and grades 4-6. He is presently a sixth grade teacher.

Kendle has also been a member of the West Virginia Education Association Executive Committee for the past 4 years. He was appointed in Fall 2012 and elected in Spring 2013. He was re-elected to another three-year term in April.

Ross graduated from Magnolia High School in 1981 and graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1990 with a BS degree in secondary education, as a mathematics and chemistry teacher.

Ross began his teaching career for Wetzel County Schools as a substitute teacher in 1990. He worked at MHS as a mathematics teacher during the 1991-1992 school year and then transferred to NMS as a mathematics teacher during the 1992-1993 school year.

During the 1999-2000 school year, Ross began teaching mathematics at both MHS and PCHS. In 2000-2001, Ross began teaching mathematics at MHS. He presently teaches mathematics, chemistry, and physics at MHS; he has also coached many school teams, including girls basketball and track. He was also athletic director at NMS.