West Virginia Universitys College of Human Resources and Education will be singing the praises of West Virginias Teacher of the Year Jeanne Gren and a Verizon Communications gift that led to a new sophisticated classroom last fall at two upcoming ceremonies.


On Sunday, Jan. 13, a reception will be held for Gren, a WoodburnElementary school teacher, from 2-4 p.m. in WVU s E. Moore Hall.


Grens school became a part of WVU s outstanding Teacher Education Program when Woodburn Elementary was selected as a professional development site for teacher education training three years ago.


In addition to supervising WVU students and serving as their first contact between Woodburn Elementary and the community, Gren chaired a committee which created a handbook for WVU s teacher education students providing professional expectations and community information.


The ceremony also will feature a special tribute to Gren by a group of Woodburns first and second graders called the”The Sneetchers.”


The event, open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Monongalia Board of Education.


On Friday, Jan. 18, at 11:30 a.m. in 414 Allen Hall, HR&E will dedicate a new 32-seat classroom, equipped with 32 new laptop computers.


The classroom, a gift from the Verizon Corporation last year, also includes a video conferencing center that enhances distance learning between WVU and public schools statewide.


The Verizon gift, which HRE Dean William Deaton calls”generous and far reaching”also provides funds for Interactive Distance Learning Specialist Penni Graham, who helps both WVU and public schools explore educational opportunities.


For more information on these events, call the College of Human Resources and Education, 293-5703.