Get To Know Our Original Golden Apple Award Winner

POSTED BY Jon C. . March 27, 2018

In January, we finally awarded our 100th Golden Apple Award. Nici Kunze Liotti received the award in January 2018. However, 12 years and 99 winners came before her. When we were planning our 100th Winner celebration, we wanted to go back to the first time. We wanted to catch up with our first winner.

In 2006, Tammy McKnight was a mathematics teacher at Hamilton Junior High School. (Now Hamilton Middle School.) She stated that she remembers the award ceremony quite well. She states that she knew something was up because the principal told the teachers to prepare for an assembly, but wouldn’t tell the teachers why there was an assembly. Mrs. McKnight recalled that her friend Pam Reeves kept telling the students that Hannah Montana was coming to the school. (In 2006 Hannah Montana was a fictional character portrayed by Miley Cyrus on the Disney Channel.)  She then recalled sitting at the assembly with her fellow teachers. She then described the moments during the reading of the nomination. Her friend, Kathy Morehead, kept telling her that she knew it was her.

We asked Mrs. McKnight if she remembered who nominated her, and she stated that she did. It was the mother of a student who was appreciative of her work. Mrs. McKnight helped a young student who needed some extra help with his work. Mrs. McKnight helped the student with his work after class.

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During our conversation, we wanted to learn what Mrs. McKnight was up to now. It turns out Mrs. McKnight isn’t a teacher anymore. Instead, she works for Wood County Schools. When she left Hamilton Middle School, Mrs. McKnight worked as an Instructional Coach. She then transitioned to an Innovation and Improvement Specialist. In this position, she works with teachers and schools to help them better improve the curriculum for students.

We had a lot of fun catching up with Mrs. McKnight. We encourage you to watch her entire interview posted above. Tammy McKnight set the bar high for the 99 winners who were to follow. We appreciate her time, and we’re so glad that she stopped by to talk to us.

Mike Fallon Wins The January 2018 Golden Apple Award

POSTED BY Jon C. . March 14, 2018

It’s safe to say our Golden Apple Award winners are popular at their school. They are often a favorite with students, parents, and other teachers. However, sometimes a teacher is a favorite in a much bigger sense. Our January 2018 Golden Apple Winner showed us that a teacher can have an impact that reaches often a favorite with students, parents, and other teachers. However, sometimes a teacher is a favorite in a much bigger sense. Our January 2018 Golden Apple Winner showed us that a teacher can have an impact that reaches

They are often a favorite with students, parents, and other teachers. However, sometimes a teacher is a favorite in a much bigger sense. Our January 2018 Golden Apple Winner showed us that a teacher can have an impact that reaches

Get To Know Our Original Golden Apple Award Winner

POSTED BY Jon Corra . March 02, 2018

In January, we finally awarded our 100th Golden Apple Award. Nici Kunze Liotti received the award in January 2018. However, 12 years and 99 winners came before her. When we were planning our 100th Winner celebration, we wanted to go back to the first time. We wanted to catch up with our first winner.

In 2006, Tammy McKnight was a mathematics teacher at Hamilton Junior High School. (Now Hamilton Middle School.) She stated that she remembers the award ceremony quite well. She states that she knew something was up because the principal told the teachers to prepare for an assembly, but wouldn’t tell the teachers why there was an assembly. Mrs. McKnight recalled that her friend Pam Reeves kept telling the students that Hannah Montana was coming to the school. (In 2006 Hannah Montana was a fictional character portrayed by Miley Cyrus on the Disney Channel.)  She then recalled sitting at the assembly with her fellow teachers. She then described the moments during the reading of the nomination. Her friend, Kathy Morehead, kept telling her that she knew it was her.

We asked Mrs. McKnight if she remembered who nominated her, and she stated that she did. It was the mother of a student who was appreciative of her work. Mrs. McKnight helped a young student who needed some extra help with his work. Mrs. McKnight helped the student with his work after class.

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During our conversation, we wanted to learn what Mrs. McKnight was up to now. It turns out Mrs. McKnight isn’t a teacher anymore. Instead, she works for Wood County Schools. When she left Hamilton Middle School, Mrs. McKnight worked as an Instructional Coach. She then transitioned to an Innovation and Improvement Specialist. In this position, she works with teachers and schools to help them better improve the curriculum for students.

We had a lot of fun catching up with Mrs. McKnight. We encourage you to watch her entire interview posted above. Tammy McKnight set the bar high for the 99 winners who were to follow. We appreciate her time, and we’re so glad that she stopped by to talk to us.

Mike Fallon wins the January 2018 Golden Apple Award

POSTED BY Jon Corra . March 02, 2018

It’s safe to say our Golden Apple Award winners are popular at their school. They are often a favorite with students, parents, and other teachers. However, sometimes a teacher is a favorite in a much bigger sense. Our January 2018 Golden Apple Winner showed us that a teacher can have an impact that reaches far beyond the classroom.

Our 101st Golden Apple Award winner is Mike Fallon of Martin Elementary School. Mr. Fallon is also the basketball coach at Parkersburg South High School. Mr. Fallon is known for being a great teacher, and a great coach, but he goes far beyond the classroom and the court to help his students. Mr. Fallon, along with his team, and other members of the community, organizes events to help raise money and awareness for two students in the MOV battling illness.

Anna Gordon is currently battling Friedreich’s Ataxia, a life-shortening neuro-muscular disorder. Hailley Parsons is a student who has battled childhood cancer for many years. Mr. Fallon has worked with both young ladies. He’s helped organize charity games, and is one of the biggest supporters of “Anna’s Army,” and “Hailley Strong.”

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Anna and Hailley were both on hand for the presentation. Also, the Parkersburg South High School boys’ basketball team were there, as well as Mr. Fallon’s family.

Mr. Fallon’s has been very popular. Weeks after the announcement, we continue to receive positive comments about him on our Facebook page.

Congrats Mr. Fallon. You are a deserving winner.

Celebrating 100 Golden Apple Winners

POSTED BY Jon Corra . March 02, 2018

Since 2006, we’ve honored teachers in the Mid-Ohio Valley with the Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law Golden Apple Award. Every month during the school year, one deserving teacher is selected to receive this honor. The winner is selected from a group of nominees. Traditionally, the winning teacher is one who goes the extra mile to serve their students. After reviewing past winners, we realized that our 100th winner was soon approaching. We learned our December 2017 winner would be our 100th winner.

December is a tough month for the Golden Apple Award. Students in the Mid-Ohio Valley aren’t in school for an extended period in December. So, we usually announce the winner during the first week of January. That was the plan. However, Mother Nature had a different plan. Snow forced us to postpone the award ceremony. So, we postponed it until mid-January. Mother Nature decided to throw snow at us again during the 2nd ceremony. We won’t take snow for an answer, so we postponed this award to the end of January.

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Finally, on January 26th, 2018, we were able to award the 100th Golden Apple Award to a deserving teacher. The 100th winner is Nici Kunze Liotti from Parkersburg High School. Mrs. Liotti was selected for many reasons. She has been known as a teacher who will give up her time to help her students. She offers her classroom for students who need a quiet place to study. Mrs. Liotti has been teaching for 18 years. She’s even been known to help kids who may need a meal during a time of need.

Mrs. Liotti is a deserving teacher, and we couldn’t think of anyone better to be our 100th Golden Apple Winner.

Jan Dils’ Foundation Raises $6,500 For Operation Transportation in 2017

POSTED BY Jon Corra . December 21, 2017

The fourth quarter of 2017 has been busy for our staff. In November, we hosted our 6th Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner. The event serves as a fundraiser for our Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, Walk4Vets Foundation. In 2017, we focused on supporting Operation Transportation. This community initiative provides Free bus passes for Veterans in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Our dinner was held on November 9th at the Knights of Columbus on Market St. Over 200 people participated in the dinner. In total, we raised $1,000.00 for Operation Transportation that evening. However, our fundraising did not stop there. The afternoon after the dinner, our team was joined with representatives from our local chapter of the American Red Cross at the Lowe’s in Vienna, WV. We collected additional donations from patrons of the home improvement warehouse. In total, those efforts raised an additional $250.00.

While collecting donations at Lowe’s, we met a representative from McClinton Chevrolet. That same weekend, their dealership was hosting a fundraiser to raise money for local Veterans too. However, they were not sure which local charity to support. So, we convinced them to support our Foundation. The team from McClinton Chevrolet donated $20 for every test drive completed that weekend. In total, 17 people test drove a car during the allotted time. They rounded their donation up to $350.00.

Finally, our friends from Erie Insurance heard about all the great work we are doing for local Veterans, and they wanted to be a part of it too. Through their Giving Network, Erie Insurance supports hundreds of charities in the United States. After reviewing our efforts, and realizing the issues facing Veterans in the Mid-Ohio Valley, Erie donated $3,000.00 to the Walk4Vets Foundation for our Operation Transportation Initiative.

We appreciate the generosity and support of all the businesses and citizens in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Together, we raised $4,600.00 in the third quarter of 2017. In addition, we raised $2,000.40 for Operation Transportation in August of 2017 also. That brings our total amount raised in 2017 to $6,600.00. This will provide an additional 440 bus passes for Veterans in our community.

Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a 2017 AIOPIA’S 10 Best Law Firm in West Virginia For Client Satisfaction

POSTED BY Jon Corra . August 29, 2017

Parkersburg, WV – August 28, 2017. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA) has recognized the exceptional performance of West Virginia’s Personal Injury Law Firm, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, as 2017 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm in the category of Client Satisfaction.

The AIOPIA is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOPIA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation. AIOPIA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among clients. By AIOPIA standards, clients should be an attorney’s top priority. Our organization places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Personal Injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide.

“Client Satisfaction is more than a phrase for all of us at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law,” says Jan Dils. “It comes from experience, knowledge and going above and beyond for each and every client we serve. It means getting results. We could not be more thrilled to have the AIOPIA, our industry peers, and most importantly, our clients recognize our firm with this prestigious award.”

The firm of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, serves clients from offices located in Parkersburg, Charleston, Logan, Beckley, Huntington, West Virginia, as well as Charlotte, North Carolina. The firm remains focused on helping individuals receive the financial compensation they deserve, assisting at every stage in the application and appeals process to obtain Veterans’, Social Security Benefits and Personal Injury settlements.  To contact Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, call 304-428-8900 or toll-free at 1-877-JanDils, or visit www.jandils.com.

Jan Dils Participates in Huntington Beautification Project

POSTED BY Jon Corra . July 19, 2017

At Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, we take pride in the communities that we call home. In addition to our headquarters in Parkersburg, WV, we also have offices in Logan, Charleston, Beckley, and Huntington here in West Virginia, and we have an additional office in Charlotte, NC. Recently our Huntington, WV office had the privilege to participate in “Huntington in Bloom.” This initiative places colorful plants around the city to brighten the community. Our firm sponsored two of the plants for the project.

 

It gives us great pride to participate in programs that make communities better. Thanks to Huntington In Bloom for allowing us to participate in this program. The flowers were beautiful.

How Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, Uses Facebook Live to Help Clients

POSTED BY Jon Corra . July 18, 2017

Have you been using Facebook Live? The Social Media giant estimates that there will be 64 million live views by next month. So, that means that there is a good chance that you have at least watched one live video. It’s obvious that the Live video broadcasting service is growing, but it’s not just for individuals. Many corporations and small businesses have also been creating live videos. Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law is no exception.

We experimented with Live broadcasting on Facebook a few months ago, and we were overwhelmed with how popular our videos have been. The first time we went live our Training Manager, Lauren Ward, discussed Social Security disability. We had over 120 Live viewers. Once the video was posted for individuals to watch who couldn’t make it to the live broadcast, it received over 500 views in a matter of hours. Facebook claims that their users watch live videos 3 times longer than traditional pre-recorded content.

After our first run with Lauren, we performed another live video discussing social security disability with our Social Security Operations Manager, Missy Parsons. It was even more popular than our first run. We then followed that up with a video focusing our VA line of business with Lead, and it too was very popular. We’ve decided to make our live broadcasts a part of our regular rotation. We generally try to go live every 2 weeks if schedules allow. As a part of our expansion, we plan on incorporating the personal injury line of business into the rotation as well.

Some may wonder why our videos, or why Facebook Live for that matter, are so popular. The formula is simple. We use an iPad with an external microphone and light source. One of our senior employees sits in front of the “camera” while Jon Corra, our Social Media Specialist, reads questions from behind the camera. “I believe it works well because we’re really just having a conversation. We’re talking to our audience, talking to each other, and just having a simple conversation about the topic at hand.” Claimed Corra.

We usually answer between 8-10 questions. Some of the questions are prepared ahead of time, but most are a result of submissions from Viewers. We also like to compile a list each time of popular topics our clients ask. The topics are usually diverse. The greatest part of this involves the interaction from Veterans. This service allows us to interact directly with Vets who have concerns about VA Disability. The ability to answer live follow up questions has really set this feature apart from other video services.

It’s reasonable that some people may be concerned with confidentiality. We keep the conversation general. We never talk about anyone’s personal case. If someone has a question about their specific case, we suggest that they call in directly. A lot can still be learned though. For instance, in a recent broadcast we discussed PTSD ratings and how the VA determines each percentage. It was very informative.

If you’re interested in being a part of our next live broadcast, be sure to like us on Facebook. To learn more about Social Security, VA Disability, or Personal Injury, give us a call. Our toll-free number is 1-877-526-3457.

April 2017 Golden Apple Award goes to a Yellowjacket

POSTED BY Jon Corra . April 25, 2017

The April winner of the Jan Dils Attorneys at Law Golden Apple Award was a popular win among the student body. The children prepared signs and banners for the winner in advance of the Tuesday Morning Announcement. Jack Waugaman, a 7th-grade math teacher, was named the April 2017 winner. It didn’t take long to see why this win was so popular. His dedication goes far beyond the classroom. Mr. Waugman should really be awarded a medal for getting young people excited about math. However, it’s his passion for the subject that spills over to the students. We were told that Jack often drives his students to math competitions on his own so that they may compete. We also learned that one of his students will soon be competing at the national level.

Jack was nominated by the mother of a couple of former students. She stated that even though they are no longer in his class, Mr. Waugman still keeps in touch with them. We also learned from his nomination that he stays after school to help his students, and he even gives up his weekend sometimes to help them prepare for competition. Great work Mr. Waugman! Thanks for everything you do.