Putnam County Schools' Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014 is Nationally Board Certified kindergarten teacher Natalie Breedlove, of Poca Elementary School.
Breedlove was first named Elementary School Teacher of the Year based on her colleagues' nominations, then she received the second title of Teacher of the Year.
"Natalie is an outstanding teacher and teacher leader, and we are tremendously proud that she works in Putnam County Schools," Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said in a news release.
Breedlove has bachelor's and master's degrees from Marshall University and is certified to teach preschool through high school. She began her teaching career in 1997 and has been with Putnam County Schools since 2004, and Poca Elementary since 2008.
Breedlove is the first teacher to have been chosen a Putnam school's teacher of the year in both the secondary and elementary levels.
Breedlove is a member of the West Virginia Education Association and the International Reading Association. She is a member of the Classroom Assessment Network, a member of the Putnam County Teacher Leaders, and presenter at local conferences, including the recent Putnam County Next Generation/Common Core Conferences.
"My role is to guide students in a meaningful way to become life-long learners," Breedlove said in a news release. "My responsibility is to excite children about learning. It is critical that they develop a deep love of learning to be carried on in later grades."