Alumna Amber Myers receives ‘Outstanding Teacher Award’

Amber Myers

Amber Myers (center), an alumna of Potomac State College of West Virginia University, is shown receiving her award for being named West Virginia Universal Pre-K Outstanding Teacher for 2014. Also pictured are Stacey Jolliff, Marion County Pre-K Liasion and Former Senator Lloyd Jackson II, who currently serves as a member of the West Virginia Board of Education.

Amber Myers, an alumna of Potomac State College of West Virginia University, was recently named the West Virginia Universal Pre-K Outstanding Teacher for 2014. The award was presented by the West Virginia Department of Education, West Virginia Head Start and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources at their ‘Celebrating Connection Pre-K Conference’ in February.

Myers currently serves as the director and collaborative universal preschool teacher at Pierpont Community and Technical College in Marion County and was chosen from among 14 finalist statewide. She previously worked at the Catamount Children’s Center in Keyser, W.Va.

Myers received her associate degree in early childhood education from Potomac State while also earning her Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree, with an emphasis in child development, from WVU. She also earned two master’s degrees from WVU, one in reading and the other one in elementary education with an emphasis in early childhood education.

She studied the Reggio Approach to teaching in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2009 and again in 2013. This approach believes that children must have some control over the direction of their learning; must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing; they have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world and must be allowed to explore said relationships, and lastly, children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.

Myers has presented Reggio-based ideas at regional and state conferences, demonstrating her passion for teaching. She also studied teaching techniques in Pistoria, Italy.

Myers has also been recognized with The Terri Lynne Lokoff/ Children’s Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Award in 2008 and with the Young Alumni Award at Potomac State College in 2009.