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Rewarding passion

Andrea Taliaferro, Physical Education Teacher Education associate professor, is one of six West Virginia University faculty members who were recognized with the University’s 2019 Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching. The award honors exceptional professors who go above and beyond to inspire their students. Each of the honorees received $5,000 in professional development funds from the WVU Foundation.

Taliaferro holds a joint appointment CPASS and the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. She directs the Friday Adapted Physical Education Practicum program, a partnership with Monongalia County Public Schools that provides weekly physical activity programming for nearly 100 children with disabilities while also providing hands-on experience for WVU students. She has also contributed to local, county and statewide initiatives, including McDowell CHOICES and the partnership between the National Inclusion Project and Lifetime Activities programs.

“Dr. Taliaferro is one of the best teachers at WVU. Having spoken with several students in her classes, it’s clear that her passion for the subject matter is contagious, making the content covered in her classes come to life,” says Jack Watson, CPASS professor and interim associate dean.

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