MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. — Two John Marshall High School teachers received quite a surprise in their classrooms on Friday, thanks to Chevron and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It's all part of the Chevron Leaders in the Classroom program that recognizes teachers who’ve gone above and beyond.
The program chooses educators who demonstrate outstanding leadership. Only 16 teachers from schools across Pennsylvania and West Virginia were selected.
"We ranked them in a judging contest, blind judging, and the two here at John Marshall came to the top,” Chevron’s Leanne Wainwright said. “It’s our first school to have two winners"
Members of the Chevron Corporation walked into the classrooms of Daniel Easton and Gavin Hartle unannounced on Friday for the surprises.
Easton is a social studies teacher.
"He's really been broadening our curriculum including environmental awareness and green school technologies and was also one of our teachers who went on a Classrooms Without Border trip to Poland this summer," Assistant Principal of Curriculum Katie Dantrassy said of Easton.
Hartle teaches engineering at JM.
"We're really proud of how far he's taken the program and started engineering with our students in a creative way," Dantrassy said of Hartle.
Both won a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey with their names on the back, tickets to the Jan. 1 game, where they will be honored on the field and a $1,500 check.
"This program is to just truly honor the teachers that are going above and beyond in the classroom,” Wainwright said.
The donations will be used to help purchase school supplies in each of the classrooms.