There’s an old saying, “If you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life.”
Jessica Markwood embodies that statement. There’s no question she loves her work and loves the ability to share that love with students at Moorefield High School.
Markwood is the 2020 Hardy County Teacher of the Year. She teaches Business and Marketing classes and is faculty advisor for the DECA chapter at MHS.
DECA is an international student organization that promotes careers in business, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing and hospitality.
Markwood grew up in Hampshire County, graduated from Hampshire High School in 2003. “I like to say I was born in Maryland, raised in West Virginia and cultured in California,” she said.
After spending a year at Shepherd University, she transferred to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Calif. Her major was advertising and marketing.
When she graduated in 2008, the industry was in a tailspin because of the housing crash and the recession that followed. “A large percentage of the industry just vanished,” she said.