The West Virginia University College of Human Resources and Education recognized alumnus Elva Ratcliff on Tuesday, Oct. 18 as the winner of a West Virginia State Fair contest for most inspirational teacher.

Ratcliff, a fourth grade teacher at Maysville Elementary School in Grant County was nominated by siblings Matthew and Samantha Hesse. The Hesse’s were two of hundreds of school children who visited the WVU exhibit at the West Virginia State Fair this year and nominated their favorite teacher for the award, expressing why he or she is so special.

In recognition for exceptional service in education, Ratcliff received a large basket of classroom supplies donated by Staples and sponsored by the HR&E Alumni Association.

“The WVU College of Human Resources and Education is proud of its alumni for their profound dedication to improving education throughout the state of West Virginia,” said Mary Beth Sickles, Alumni Relations and Special Events Coordinator for the College of Human Resources and Education. “Ratcliff, Maysville Elementary Principle Mark Nicol and Grant County Superintendent De Edra Lundeen Bolton are all alumni from HRE and continue to work hard to improve education in Grant County.”

The reception’s keynote speaker was Jessica Michael, a fifth-year elementary education major. Michael spoke on the importance of attending college, her goals of becoming a teacher and her experiences at WVU.

The event concluded with hundreds of elementary students waving flying-WV fans while participating in a rousing cheer of “Let’s Go? Mountaineers!”

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CONTACT: Christie Zachary, HR&E
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