A Putnam County elementary school has been designated a West Virginia School of Excellence by the West Virginia Department of Education.
Eastbrook Elementary is being honored for its rigorous and challenging curricula, safe and drug-free environment, participatory leadership, active teaching and learning, environment that strengthen teacher skills, documented student achievement, and advanced and innovative programs. It is one of only eight West Virginia schools being so honored this year.
Principal Gary Hoffman is quick to deflect praise to the students, staff, and community of Eastbrook Elementary, calling Eastbrook “Putnam County’s best kept secret.” The school enjoys a rural setting that is home to long-time teachers and families who value education and parent-school partnerships.
Putnam’s superintendent has a soft spot in his heart for Eastbrook, since he opened the school as its first principal. “This is a gratifying recognition for the excellent teaching and learning at Eastbrook,” states Superintendent Chuck Hatfield. “It is a truly outstanding school,” he says.
Mr. Hoffman and his school will be recognized formally by the WVDE for their well-deserved award in the fall.