MORGANTOWN — State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine delivered pointers, challenges and anticipation to scores of West Virginia’s newest teachers Thursday evening during his state of education address.

This was held on West Virginia University’s Evansdale Campus and attended by students of the College of Education & Human Services, many of whom are already student teaching around the state.

Whether looking at schools from an academic standpoint, preventing school shootings or overcoming the obstacles of the opioid epidemic, Paine emphasized to his audience the importance of acting as an adult role model and even a surrogate parent.

He said this is something that past generations of teachers haven’t had to face on a regular basis but is more important now than

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