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Helmick Recognized for Outstanding Teaching

Pictured from left: Arch Coal VP of External Affairs Russ Lorince, SMS teacher Chelsea Helmick and retired teacher Rosetta Epifano.

Sherrard Middle School Spanish teacher Chelsea Helmick was presented a 2017 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award by Arch Coal Vice President of External Affairs Russ Lorince.

Helmick was nominated for the award, by retired Sherrard Middle School teacher Rosetta Epifano, because of her innovative teaching style.  “Her lessons include storytelling which involves each student being a part of the story,” Epifano explained.  “The technique helps her students stay actively engaged in each lesson and learn their vocabulary words faster.”

Helmick has been a teacher for seven years, spending all seven as a Sherrard Ram.  “I knew she was something special from the first day I met her,” remembered Epifano.  “She and I shared a room.  Watching Chelsea I could tell she was going to be an excellent, caring teacher.  Her students love her.”

SMS Principal Jason Marling, Marshall County Schools Superintendent Michael Hince, Assistant Superintendent Corey Murphy, Curriculum Director Woody Yoder and Helmick’s students gathered to honor her for the award.  Along with a plaque, Lorince gave Helmick a check for $3,500 to put toward classroom supplies.

Helmick joins nine other West Virginia teachers in receiving this honor.  The prestigious Arch Coal program is the longest-running, privately sponsored teacher awards program in West Virginia.