The rigorous and rewarding programs that principal Larry Fernandez implemented at Weir Middle School in Weirton resulted in the school's being recognized as both a state and national Blue Ribbon School. Among Mr. Fernandez's most effective initiatives is the Hancock County Home-Based Program, which helps families of children with severe and multiple disabilities create home environments that stimulate and maximize learning. He also oversees Weir's community service program, through which hundreds of students have learned about compassion and the importance of community through projects ranging from building a peace garden to holding a flea market for charity. Mr. Fernandez introduced a character education program that has led to a dramatic decline in student behavior problems.
1970 West Liberty State College, B.A.