Renee Warner

Renee E. Warner has served as principal of Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School for 12 years. In 2015, Warner brought a team of teachers to a PBIS training and began steering the school in a new direction by integrating their learnings into the school culture. This includes the CARE program, a weekly schedule that integrates time blocks for academic and behavioral guidance, targeted instruction, and club events, where students get the opportunity to make new connections with teachers who sponsor various recreational activity groups. In this low-income school, one of Warner’s greatest successes has been the creation of a fully-stocked food pantry program for students experiencing food insecurity, partnering with a local grocery store and student families for donations. Warner’s focus on the holistic needs of her students during the formative years of middle school is also demonstrated by her commitment to partnering with Community Care of West Virginia to maintain an on-site health clinic, which has helped keep students healthy and has boosted attendance. From the Buccaneer-Thon fundraiser, which raises money for local hospitals, to a school garden run by the agriculture club, students and staff alike have been encouraged and motivated to connect with one another and give back to the community under Warner’s leadership. Warner holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from West Virginia University.