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Teacher earns Adult Educator of the Year award

December 10, 2011
The Inter-Mountain

RESA 8 Adult Education career readiness teacher Karen Stanley, of Fisher, has been named as 2011 Adult Educator of the Year.

The announcement was made by The West Virginia Adult Education Association Inc.

Stanley has worked for RESA since 2006, instructing adult students in basic academic skills, job preparation, work process, life-coping skills, customer service and computer skills.

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Karen Stanley was named the 2011 Adult Educator of the Year. Working in RESA 8 since 2006 instructing adult students.

Beverly Baccala, RESA 8 adult education/SPOKES coordinator, described Stanley as a very good role model.

As the result of an illness in 2010, Stanley lost the ability to speak. Faced with the possible end of her teaching career, Stanley persisted through the use of technology and alternate forms of communication.

Stanley shares the credit for her success with her father, who lost an arm and a leg during the Korean War.

"It is from watching him all my life that I learned what true tenacity and courage is all about," she wrote in an email.

"I am overwhelmed at the outstanding honor that was given to me," Stanley added about the award. "We as educators transform the lives of those we teach, as they transform ours through their accomplishments."

Referencing the WVAEA conference, Stanley remarked, "Transformation was the theme of this year's conference, and that is what my life has been - transformed since joining the SPOKES family, and is transformed again by the distinct honor of receiving the West Virginia Adult Educator of the Year Award."

Regional Educational Service Agency 8 is under the West Virginia Board of Education and offers various educational programs and services throughout eight counties of the Eastern Panhandle and Potomac Highlands.

More information about RESA 8 Adult Education is available by calling 304-267-3595 or visiting

Details about WVAEA can be obtained by calling 304-766-7655 or visiting



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