Toni Poling

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English language arts teacher, 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year

Fairmont, West Virginia

A 1999 graduate of Doddridge County High School, Toni Poling attended the West Virginia University(WVU) five-year teacher education program, earning a bachelor of arts degree in English and a master of arts degree in secondary education.

After graduating cum laude from WVU, Toni taught for one-year each at both Doddridge County High School and Ritchie County High School before joining Fairmont Senior High School in 2006, where she currently teaches AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, and serves in a number of leadership positions. In 2013, she achieved her National Board Certification; in 2016 earned her certification in Public School Administration; and she is currently pursuing a doctorate of education in curriculum, instruction and assessment.

In 2016, Toni was awarded the Fairmont State University Professional Development School Partnership Excellence in Teaching Award, and was named Fairmont Senior High School Teacher of the Year and Marion County Teacher of the Year. In 2017, Toni was honored as the West Virginia State Teacher of the Year and spent her year of service advocating for public education in the Mountain State.

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