Thursday, August 21, 2014

Release Time with T.E.A.C.H. WV

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WEST VIRGINIA strives to provide the most appropriate accommodations to allow our scholarship recipients to be successful in their college courses. One way that T.E.A.C.H. enables success is by requesting that centers (sponsors) allow their student employees (recipients) release time from work in order to study, take classes, or complete assignments. Results of past surveys have revealed that one of the biggest challenges for center administrators is offering scholarship recipients release time during their regular working hours at their regular rate of pay. The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center has offered some creative suggestions for centers that are facing this challenge.

1. Offer release time during rest time at the center, making sure to maintain ratios.

2. Schedule release time when you know that teacher:child ratios will be low (at the beginning or end of the day).

3. Pay recipients for their lunch breaks. But always remember that recipients cannot work over 40 hours per week without overtime pay.

4. Pay them for holidays in which they would normally not receive pay.

5. Add time to their annual or personal leave.

6. Bank release time and give recipients a whole day off before a major test, or even half days off where it is easier to bring in a substitute.

Brainstorm with the recipient to decide what will be the best option for the sponsor and the recipient.

** Always remember to maintian teacher:child ratios**

You can always contact your T.E.A.C.H. state coordinator to discuss release time strategies!!

For more information about T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WEST VIRGINIA, please visit our website at or call us at 304-529-7603 Ext 118.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Positive Progress!

I am sharing this article today to give all of the early childhood educators out there an example of the wonderful work you do!

Please read it and and give yourselves a pat on the back. We are doing this!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

T.E.A.C.H. WV Quarterly Newsletter

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WEST VIRGINIA makes every attempt to update and distrbute a newsletter to allow for curent information about our scholarship program. Below you will find the December 2013 newsletter in JPEG form. If you would like to view our newsletter in a PDF file, please visit our website at

Friday, December 13, 2013

Finding the Time

For early childhood teachers attending school, this can be a very busy time of the year. Finishing up finals, shopping, and spending time with friends and families brings joy to some and stress to others. Please know that T.E.A.C.H. WV is here to support you as always. To relieve some of the stress that may arise about attending classes next semester, we have a few reminders.

  • As soon as you have your grades for the Fall 2013 semester, please send them in either through email, fax, or mail (, 304-529-2535).

  • When you are thinking about your classes for the Spring semester, remember that T.E.A.C.H. needs to pre-authorize your courses for coverage. This requires that you send in your pre-authorization form with the classes you plan to take. If you do not have your form, it can be found on our website at in the "Recipient and Sponsor Forms" section, or you can contact T.E.AC.H. and I can email one to you.

  • Be aware that T.E.AC.H. only covers a certain percentage of your tuition and books. That percentage varies dependent on the type of scholarship you have. Therefore, you may be invoiced for the remaining percentage. The invoice will come from us.

  • Please make sure your sponsor submits Form C to us for reimbursement of release time. This form can also be found on our website in the "Recipient and Sponsor Forms".

  • Your bonus will be sent to you after we have received verification that you have successfully completed your contract credit hours at the end of your contract year.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

                                                          Have a wonderful Holiday Season!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Tips for Acing Your Finals

As the end of the semester approaches, students begin to dread their final exams. Finals can come in many forms: comprehensive, chapter specific, multiple choice, essays, projects, etc. Whatever form your final takes, it is best to be prepared by knowing and understanding the material. Here are some tips to help!

  1. Study in chunks of time:

Research has suggested that cramming in a large amount of information is not very helpful for retention of said information. Researchers suggest that studying for 20-50 minutes at a time, with a 10-15 minute break. For best results, you should study throughout one week before your exam.

     2.   Listen to some upbeat classical music:

          Some music has the intense ability to activate both sides of the brain while listening.  
          Stimulation of both sides of the brain is linked to increased recall. Mozart's music has been
          found to increase this effect. Do watch out though, because certain other research suggests
          that the information learned during this time may be harder to recall when you are no longer

     3.   Switch up your study spots:

While we hope that you have a distraction free zone to accomplish your studying, we would still suggest changing it up a little. Sometimes, while we are studying we inadvertently allow ourselves to get distracted. You'll realize after reading 5 pages that you have no idea what you just read because your mind was wandering. It is important to switch up your study spots until you can find one where you can fully concentrate on the material.
     4.   Drink cocoa:
          Cocoa, prepared properly, can sustain energy and enhance mood, with little crash. For optimum results, dissolve a spoonful of organic cocoa into a mug of milk. Add some espresso, cinnamon, and cayenne for optimal energy!
     5.   Prevent Test Anxiety:

Many of us are quite familiar with test anxiety. That gripping fear of the unknown is terrifying and can be downright debilitating. So make sure to calm yourself before the test by picturing yourself acing the test. You know the material, you can do it. Another strategy to try is to stress yourself while you study and then use calming techniques such as taking deep breaths or stretching then. This will help you practice the steps you may need to take to calm yourself while testing.

Whatever strategy you use to help you study and ace your finals, know that your T.E.A.C.H. Counselor is here to help. Give us a call, we can ease your mind about your scholarship and we can lend an ear for venting if necessary. If you are not a T.E.A.C.H. recipient, but would like to pursue a degree in early childhood education. Please give me a call at 304-529-7603 Extension 118. I would be glad to assist you in any way possible!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Understanding the Difference between TEACH and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WEST VIRGINIA

In 2007, congress passed a grant program called the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher education (TEACH). This grant is for prospective elementary or secondary education majors who intend to teach in public or private schools that serve low-income families. It is a federally funded program that comes with a four year commitment.

Teacher Education And Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) WV is a state and private grant funded program specifically for early childhood educators within the state of West Virginia. T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® began in North Carolina in 1990 and has since spread to 22 states and D.C. T.E.A.C.H. WV began in 2008 and comes with a one year commitment to the sponsoring center.

Having the information about each program can be valuable when applying to college. The financial aid departments at many higher education institutions often confuse the two when speaking with early childhood educators and may unknowingly give the wrong information. If you have questions about the TEACH federal grant for elementary or secondary education majors, please contact your school's financial aid department. If you have questions about T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood WV scholarship, please contact T.E.A.C.H. WV!

611 7th Ave, Suite 322
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304-529-7603 X 118
Fax: 304-529-2535 Attn: T.E.A.C.H.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Form B... Why Is It So Important?

Here at T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WEST VIRGINIA, we make every attempt to reimburse our scholarship recipients as quickly as possible. In order to do that, we ask that all T.E.A.C.H. recipients send in their Form B, which is included in your initial packet, as soon as you have purchased books, or know that you will not need to purchase books. Please attach copies of your receipts to Form B, or mark the NA box in the books section.


Why is this so important????

Let me list some of the reasons why...
  1. We cannot submit a claim for reimbursement without this Form B. That means- No money can go to you for your books, tuition, or travel stipend.
  2. We cannot pay your school tuition without Form B. That means- Your school is not getting paid for, and you may end up with a hold on your account, preventing you from getting access to final grades and/or preventing you from applying for future courses.
  3. Form B's allow us to determine who is paying for what. In other words, it allows us to track our funding. This helps us determine eligibility for scholarships.
  4. Form B's help us determine which classes you are taking. We track how many early education classes are being completed at our colleges and universities; and
  5. We like to see your handwriting... it's pretty.

If you Don't get your Form B in...


If you Do get your Form B in...

I don't know about you, but getting Form B in sounds a lot better.
FAX it to me at 304-589-2535
Mail it to me at:
611 7th Ave Suite 322
Huntington, WV 25701