Welker endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the field of education

WHEELING — Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present William Andrew Welker with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

An accomplished listee, Welker celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Born in Shamokin, Pa., Welker is a retired teacher who spent the majority of his career in public education. Boasting extensive expertise in reading comprehension and vocabulary, he began teaching in the fall of 1969 after earning his undergraduate degree and working on his master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Hired as a health and physical education five-month substitute teacher for the Pittsburgh Public Schools System at Philip Murray Elementary School, he moved into a similar position at Swissvale Elementary School the rest of that school year. He earned his master’s degree in August 1970.

In 1970, Welker began teaching fourth and fifth grade students at Edgington Lane Elementary School in Wheeling, where he currently resides. He later taught reading and English classes at Wheeling Central Catholic High School for four years, followed by another 33 years as the dean of students and as a reading teacher at Warwood Middle School as part of Ohio County Schools system until his retirement in 2009. Welker also taught as an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University.

While teaching full-time, Welker acquired a doctorate of education in reading education at West Virginia University in 1989. He is a certified health/physical education teacher and reading specialist, K-12, in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, certified secondary principal, 5-12, in West Virginia, certified elementary principal, K-5, in Pennsylvania, and certified in language arts, 7-9, in West Virginia.

Welker contributes educational columns to The Times Leader and the Wheeling News-Register. He has also written more than 20 scholarly articles on reading classroom strategies. During the early 1990s, he was also on the steering committee for Researchers In-School Environment for the Ohio County Schools System in Wheeling. Upon retiring, he was selected as “Teacher of the Year” by the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce and received the Jasper N. Deahl Award from West Virginia University for his lifetime contributions to education.

Married to Margaret Jean Bainbridge, with whom he has had four children, he spent years serving his community as a commissioner for the Human Rights Commission for the city of Wheeling, member of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, wrestling rules interpreter and clinician for the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (1989 to 2017), and baseball umpire for the Pony League (1979 to 2010). Welker also served on the National Federation of State High School Association’s National Wrestling Rules Committee (2012 to 2015).

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community, Welker has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.