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Lively is Finalist for 2018 West Virginia Teacher of the Year

By Staff | Aug 16, 2017

Wetzel County Schools’ Teacher Leslie Lively has been chosen as a finalist in the 2018 West Virginia Teacher of the Year Program. Lively, a teacher at Short Line School, is one of “an elite group of individuals who will now advance to the final round of competition.” This is according to a letter sent to Lively from the West Virginia Department of Education.

In June 2017, Lively was announced as Wetzel County’s Teacher of the Year for 2017.

However, his accomplishments do not end there. Lively was a winner of the 2016 West Virginia Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science. Furthermore, Lively also leads Short Line’s Engineer Energy Kids, who have been National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project state champions and national champions/runners-up.

Lively was also selected to be a JASON Learning Argonaut. Lively, along with students Haley Feldmeier and Aubrey Neff, traveled to Peru to explore the Amazon rain forest.

To be chosen as an Argonaut, Lively – along with Feldmeier and Neff – had to undergo a highly competitive and rigorous selection process, including including personal essays, video statements, reference letters, and academic records. Applicants competed against peers from around the world for a highly coveted spot on the team.

As a finalist for the state’s Teacher of the Year, Lively arrived in Charleston on Tuesday, Aug. 15 for an interview before a panel.

He was also expected to deliver a speech.

The announcement of the West Virginia Teacher of the Year, for 2018, will be made in September.