A school teacher who believes each child is special and unique, that they must be taught to think for themselves and be accountable for their actions, has been honored as Mingo Countys 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year. She is Mrs. Deborah Starr, who initially was selected as Dingess Grade Schools Teacher of the Year. From the 14 county school Teachers of the Year, she was selected for the high county honor. Rita Ward, Elementary Education director for the Mingo County Board of Education, announced the awards. Mrs. Starr began her career at the Mingo Christian School in 1996 and was hired as a Mingo County teacher in 2006. She has taught Pre-K, first grade, fourth grade, sixth grade and 6-12 Language Arts, History and Arts. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2006 from Midway University; a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Salem University in 2008. She is presently working on a Masters in Elementary Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education from Marshall University. The honoree is presently teaching Adult Education night classes at Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College. She has taught web classes in Early Childhood Education, and has been a teacher for that colleges Continuing & Community Education Department Summer College for Youth for several years. Starr has received many awards and recognition for her commitment and dedication to students, parents, and the community. She is active in leading and organizing community activities that bring people together for a good cause. During the presentation of the teacher awards at the May meeting of the Mingo County Board of Education, she was lauded as having been a great asset to her school. She teaches 21st Century Research-based Strategies and has high expectations for her students. She spoke of the pleasure she has derived from working with and associating with fellow teachers, parents and students as well as those in the school board office.