West Liberty Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Brandy Lackie has been selected as the 2021-2022 West Liberty Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

 Lackie has taught fourth grade at West Liberty for 12 years, and she has 20 years of teaching experience. She came to Ohio County Schools in 2008 as a media teacher at Bridge Street Middle School before moving on to West Liberty Elementary School for the 2009-2010 school year. She is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School.

 West Liberty Principal Stacey Dietz said one of Lackie’s most important skills is her ability to make learning exciting for students. She said Lackie also works hard to create learning opportunities for her students.

“She loves math and makes lessons fun and engaging for her kids,” Dietz said. “She does Black Light math, and the students love it. She works closely with West Liberty University to obtain grants for even more opportunities for her kids.

She once did a project that involved her students creating timelines, videos and  their own float at the West Liberty University Arts and Education Center for a Thanksgiving Day Parade,” Dietz added. “Then, her class used green screen technology to make it look as if the students were actually in the New York City Parade. Those are the kind of projects she comes up with that make her students so happy to learn.”

Lackie said she truly loves teaching, her students and her school. She said she is doing what she was meant to do.

“Getting to know my students and seeing their excitement when they learn something new is my favorite part of teaching,” Lackie said. “I always tell them that once they are in my class, they are going to love math, as teaching math is my favorite part of the day. Teaching at a small school like West Liberty, I get to know the students before they get to my fourth grade class. Seeing them learn and grow through the years is one of the things that makes teaching at West Liberty so special. I truly can't imagine doing anything else in my life.”