George Ward Elementary School's Pre-K Teacher, Brandon Riffle, was named the 2013 Randolph County Teacher of the Year at a reception on May 17.
Riffle received his award from last year's honoree Susan McCauley.
Nominees for 2013 Randolph County Teacher of the Year included: Christina Gear of Beverly Elementary School, Julie Corley of Coalton School, Randy Revels of Elkins High School, Melissa Carr of Elkins Middle School, Riffle, Jonnie Ann Lane Skidmore of Harman School, Shannon Snodgrass of Homestead Elementary School, April Chenoweth of Jennings Randolph Elementary School, Hollie Pritt of Midland Elementary School, Chasity Sharp of North Elementary School, Charles Purdum of Randolph Technical Center, Patricia Gow of Third Ward Elementary School, Mollie Ferguson of Tygarts Valley Middle/High School and Jill Fanning of Valley Head Elementary School.
"First and foremost I am an advocate for all children," Riffle said in his application. "I feel that children demand and deserve adults who are positive role model and who are supportive in their quest for knowledge. I am not an outstanding teacher; the children that I work with make me outstanding."
The 2013 Randolph County Service Personnel Award was presented to Chris Currence, secretary of the Special Education Department at the Randolph County Board of Education.
"The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that at the end of the day I have done everything possible to help every individual who has entered or called my office for assistance," Currence said.
Nominees for the 2013 Randolph County Service Personnel of the Year included: Michael Shaw of Coalton, Kim Paugh of EHS, Rod Lambert of Third Ward, Stan Stray of George Ward, Kim Johnson of Harman, Richard Rosencrance of Homestead, Linda Burgess of Jennings Randolph, Bill Vandevendar of North, Stacy Longbon of Tygarts Valley, Brenda Sharp of Randolph Technical Center and Currence.