Deborah Seldomridge taught mathematics to high school students at Keyser High School in Keyser for 39 years. In the course of her tenure as a mathematics teacher, Ms. Seldomridge realized that positive exposure to mathematics at an early age made success more likely in later years. Ms. Seldomridge successfully authored a grant that enabled primary school teachers throughout the area to initiate a program of parent involvement in math education. She also was a co-principal investigator on a statewide grant, Project MERIT: Mathematics Education Reform Initiative for Teachers, a teacher enhancement project designed to enable middle school mathematics teachers to effectively implement instruction focused on developing deeper understanding of mathematics and better preparing middle school students for a more rigorous high school curriculum. As a part of that grant, she became a Lenses on Learning trainer, working with administrators to enhance their understanding of the teaching of mathematics at all levels. Having retired in 2014, she has since been involved in mentoring teachers at all levels and providing professional development, particularly focusing on “Number Talks” with primary teachers and “Sticky Teaching” with secondary teachers. She has also written and received grants for an after-school program for 3rd and 4th graders, which provides one-on-one tutoring and cultural experiences for children with physical, emotional, and academic needs.
1976 M.A., West Virginia University
1974 B.A., Shepherd College