Ohio and Marshall County Teachers Honored by Pittsburgh Pirates for Outstanding Work
WHEELING — Three local middle school teachers were surprised when the Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot, officials from The Grable Foundation and Chevron entered their schools on Wednesday to bring them well-earned honors.
At the Warwood School, middle school teacher Josh Yost was overwhelmed with emotion when he was named one of the three teachers honored.
The other two honorees included Marshall County teachers Mindy Thomas at Sand Hill Elementary and Suzanne Muncy at Moundsville Middle School. They, too, received surprise visits Wednesday. The three local teachers were among 18 out of hundreds nominated for the honor.
Each teacher received $1,000 to spend in their classrooms, $50 spending money, a personalized Pirates jersey, a trip to a Pittsburgh Pirates game in August where they will be honored on the field, and a host of Pirates’ memorabilia. Most of all, each received the gratification of knowing they are appreciated by their students, fellow faculty and all those they work with each day.
Students and teachers at the Warwood School were told they were meeting for an assembly concerning school rules Wednesday morning. Then Pirates home game announcer Joe Klimchak entered the gym and explained the reason for his visit. He was joined by team mascot, the Pirate Parrot.
As his name was announced, Yost was greeted with thunderous applause from the student body and faculty present for the ceremony. Ohio County Schools Innovation Coordinator JoJo Shay was responsible for nominating Yost for the honor. In her nomination letter, Shay summed up why Yost should be singled out, stating, “He is consumed by the desire to see his students succeed. He is an instructional genius if I have ever seen one, and every person with whom he come in contact is better for having joined, if only for a moment, his constant reflective and progressive conversations.”
Yost said he was “stunned, shocked and amazed” by the honor. “The real winners are the students. I care so much about them. This job means everything to me,” Yost added.
Superintendent of Schools Kim Miller said Yost was very deserving of the award and has been proactive in seeking grants and any help he can for his students and school. “He is a fantastic teacher … dynamic, interesting, thought provoking. I’ve watched him teach and he is the kind of teacher we love to have.”
Stacy Olson, president of Chevron Appalachia, said, “This region has incredible teachers who do amazing things in and outside the classroom that so often go unnoticed.
As a company committed to expanding innovative learning approaches in the classroom, Chevron is proud to partner to recognize and encourage those truly outstanding teachers who are making a difference in the lives of students.”