RIO GRANDE — University of Rio Grande alumnus Lewis Marcum, now a physics and trigonometry teacher at Point Pleasant (W.Va.) Junior/Senior High School, has been named Mason County Teacher of the Year.
The award is given to a full-time teacher with three years’ class room experience who is knowledgeable and able to inspire students of all backgrounds to learn. Marcum, said he was excited to stand out from the crowd.
“I was honored. I know how hard every teacher works and I was really excited to be chosen.”
“I was an electrical engineer for 13 years and still have my license. I taught a college class through that career and really enjoyed it,” Marcum said. “I decided to consider teaching as a career.”
Marcum grew up in Mason County, W.Va., and attended PPJ/SHS. He said he loves teaching at his alma mater.
“I know the community, so I understand the students and where they come from,” Marcum said. “My kids are here, my family is here and I get to make an impact in my own community.”
At Rio, Marcum received his teaching credentials in 2005. He said he is grateful for his experience at Rio and still tells students about his time at the university.
“I had been to two other colleges for my engineering degree, Rio was different and more personal. I felt like they actually cared about my education,” Marcum said. “They made me feel welcomed, and I knew I wasn’t going to be just a number on campus.”
Now a Rio alumnus, Marcum lives in Point Pleasant with his wife, Deana, and his children Ethan, 11, and Danielle, 16. When not teaching, Marcum said he coaches Point Pleasant youth football and spends time with his family.
Jessica Patterson is a communications specialist with the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College.