BUCKHANNON — All Upshur County principals and assistant principals who participated in the Paraprofessional Certification Program were recognized at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening at Tennerton Elementary School.
The certification program grants all who complete as a ‘Paraprofessional.’ These certified employees work in schools across the United States. Many of our county’s principals worked diligently to obtain the paraprofessional certification and completion pins. Over 20 individuals started the long journey back in January 2021 and all successfully finished the program. In order to become a paraprofessional in West Virginia, one must complete all 12 courses, three hours each, offered twice a week online. These courses lasted seven weeks and covered every aspect of the school system and each individual educational department.
The teachers who embarked on this journey created the only co-board that participated in West Virginia. Superintendent Dr. Sara Stankus advocated for the educators and their participation. Donna Landin, coordinator for the Department of Education Online Learning, also commended the support system of each teacher for continuing support through the long process.
“It was a hugely successful program; it took a team. It took people who believed in your co-board,” said Landin. “Congratulations to the Central Office Staff and Superintendent for their foresight and their belief in their employees and what they could do.”
The principals in attendance were presented with a pin and certificate by Landin and Superintendent Stankus.