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Putnam names school employees of the year

By Kara Moore

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Putnam County Schools recognized its teacher, administrator and service employee of the year at Monday night's regular board of education meeting.

Natalie Breedlove was named teacher of the year. Breedlove teaches kindergarten at Poca Elementary.

"It is a great honor to work in this county," Breedlove said. "I appreciate this so much. I feel very humbled because I know there are so many great teachers in this county. I really appreciate this very much."

Breedlove has taught at Poca Elementary since 2008 and in Putnam County since 2004. She was previously named teacher of the year at Poca High School. 

She has been teaching since 1997 and is a graduate of Marshall University with both bachelor's and master's degrees.

Breedlove holds national board certification in literacy, early childhood and middle childhood. She is a teacher leader and a Wilson reading teacher, and she is a member of the classroom assessment network and the Putnam County Reading Association. She is also a Next Generation Common Core trainer for Putnam County Schools.

Hurricane Middle School Principal Doug Cross was named administrator of the year.

Cross has held the top job at Hurricane Middle School since 2009. He previously taught science at Winfield Middle and was assistant principal at George Washington and Hurricane middle schools.

He is a graduate of Poca High School and Marshall University, and he is currently a doctoral student in public school administration at Marshall.

He serves on the county's technology committee, the safe and supportive schools leadership team and the Putnam County Leadership Academy.

Terri Eggleston, an exceptional education aide at George Washington Middle School, was named service employee of the year.

Eggleston has worked at GW since 2004. Before that, she worked in the county's parent education resource center for a decade.

She is trained in CPR, first aid, medication administration, nonviolent crisis intervention and classroom behavior management.

In other news, Superintendent Chuck Hatfield reported that overall enrollment in the county is up about 150 students over last year's total.

Hatfield said enrollment has grown every year in recent memory, though this year's increase is higher than last year's, which was about 50 students.

The Putnam County Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at the district's central office in Winfield. All meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be Oct. 7.


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