Charity Marstiller, a Jefferson High School Vo-Ag teacher was named Jefferson County Schools Teacher of the Year for 2022, and Wendy Dodson, a secretary for the school system’s social and emotional support department, was named JCS Service Person of the Year for 2022.
Marstiller is a veteran teacher of 24 years, all of which have been with the Jefferson County public school system. In the classroom, she is well-known as a dedicated teacher who is concerned not only with conveying content based on real-life experiences, but also one who finds untapped potential in the students she meets, according to school officials. Her work with the Future Farmers of America is recognized throughout the state. Her students have been awarded multiple scholarships, state, and national awards, and have obtained State and American FFA degrees.
Active in community service, Marstiller is involved with multiple church and volunteer projects, including work with the Community Combined Ministries that provides weekend food for students and families in need. In 2016, Marstiller and her husband were instrumental in bringing the Kidz Power Pac program to county schools.
An employee with the school system for nine years who has national administrative certifications, Dodson is the primary point of contact for internal and external stakeholders on matters pertaining to the school system’s social and emotional and responsive education departments. She assists directors with administrative support while balancing multiple projects requiring sensitive timelines. She oversees several federal state grant programs.
Fluent in Spanish, Dodson also helps English learning programs and helps as an interpreter for parents and others. Her community service activities include helping with the church food pantry and serving as treasurer for the Jefferson High School Baseball team. Her commitment to the baseball program at Jefferson High School for the past 14 to 15 years is well-known throughout the county.
In addition to honoring Marstiller and Dodson, the school system recognized teachers who would have been celebrated at ceremonies in 2020 and 2021 that were canceled due to the pandemic. The 2020 Teacher of the Year was Lauren Walls, from C.W. Shipley Elementary School, and the Service Person of the Year was Kelli Myers, from Charles Town Middle School. The 2021 Teacher of the Year was Jennifer Cogle, from Shepherdstown Middle school, and the Service Person of the Year that year was Heather Pindell, from the Transportation