Tiffany Yancey is the County School Psychologist. She has 8 total years experience as a School Psychologist with her 3rd year in Monroe. She has a Masters in Psychology plus Ed.S. in School Psychology​​​ Mrs. Yancey shared: “I grew up here in Monroe County and graduated from James Monroe in 2006. I attended Concord University for undergrad and then continued my education at Marshall University to obtain my Masters in Psychology and Ed.S. in School Psychology. During the time I worked on my Masters I worked for FMRS in the Crisis Unit, KVC Behavioral Healthcare, and Family Preservation Services. I did a year internship in Smyth County, VA then began working as a school psychologist at Alleghany County Public Schools. After one year in Alleghany, I left and went to Greenbrier County for a year before returning to Alleghany for the next three years. In 2020, I accepted a job here in Monroe County as a school psychologist. I love being able to help the kids here in my home county and help them reach their goals to be successful as they grow. I love spending time with my family and pets. Watching my son play sports. We are Mountaineer fans and enjoy cheering on the gold and blue (even during these difficult years). I also enjoy reading and gardening during the summer.​​​​​​“ Thank you Tiffany for all your dedication!
21 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Tiffany Yancey
MCTC’s Early Childhood Education classes were visited by former student Faith Craig. Craig shared how the program and instruction from Mrs. Bradley influenced her career.
21 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Early Childhood Education
MCTC’s chapter of the National Technical Honor Society inducted new members this week. NTHS honors the a academic and technical skills achievements of students in Career and Technical Education programs.
21 days ago, Melissa Perdue
National Technical Honor Society
Congratulations to Jerrica Baker! She’s the winner of HOSA’s Fall Gift Basket Drawing!
21 days ago, Melissa Perdue
HOSA Winner
Brooke Wills​​​​​​ is the Principal at Peterstown Elementary School​​​​​​. She currently has 1 years of experience and a Master’s degree plus 45​​​​ credits. Ms. Wills shared : “I graduated from James Monroe High School in 2007. I left James Monroe and attended Concord University where I earned a B.A. in History and a B.S in Social Studies Education in 2011. In 2011 I received my first teaching position in Monroe County School. Later, I began teaching at Shady Spring Middle School in Raleigh County, WV. I taught 7th grade social studies for 9 years. During that time I received a Master in Education and Curriculum from WVU in 2016. After, earning my masters from WVU I began a 2nd masters degree in Administration from Concord University; in 2018 I earned my 2nd masters. I left teaching last year to come back home to PES and become a Principal. I love my job and I am happy I get to work with such great people and kids everyday! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Watching and going to WVU sporting events. Traveling the world! I have traveled to over 20 countries. I love learning about history and reading” Thank you Brooke for your dedication!
22 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Brooke Wills
William (Shawn) Hill​​​​​ is an Agricultural Sciences Teacher at MCTC​​​​. He has 13 years of experience: ​​13​​ and a Bachelors Degree. Mr. Hill shared: “Graduated from JMHS and MCTC in 2005 where I was member of our FFA Chapter served as President my senior year and Received my State FFA Degree. Upon graduation I attended Bluefield State College (now University) and received my degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Social Studies. I Began my teaching career in Greenbrier County where I taught in three different schools over five years before I took all the necessary entrance exams to become certified to teach Agriculture education. I left Greenbrier County Schools in the Spring of 2015 to take the position I currently hold in Monroe County as Agriculture Education instructor and FFA Advisor. I have been in this position for 7 full years and am working on year number 8.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ I enjoy spending time with my family, I have two daughters Maddie and Audrey and am married to Paige, I also own and operate Sharad Hill Farms with my twin brother Aaron and my younger brother Adam. We are a commercial Cow/calf operation​ and if not at school you will likely see me on a tractor or tending to animals somewhere around Monroe County. In addition to spending tiem with my family and farming I enjoy hunting and fishing as much as I can.” Thank you for all your hard work Shawn! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
22 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Shawn Hill
Amanda Hill​​​​​ is a 8th grade WV History​​​​​ at Peterstown Middle School with 17 years of experience. She has a Masters in Education. Ms. Hill shared: “I graduated in 2005 from Bluefield State with my Bachelors in Elementary and Middle Education, and from Concord in 2012 with my M.Ed as a Reading Specialist. This is my second year teaching at PMS. Teaching WV History has always been my dream. I taught at PES for 13 years and in Wyoming County, where I grew up, for 3 years before coming to PMS. I love my school family, and feel very blessed to have the opportunity to teach in my dream job surrounded by wonderful people. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ I love to read, color, take trips to TN, and spend time with my family.” Thank you Amanda for your hard work!
22 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Amanda Hill
Jessie Thomas is the County School Nurse with 6 years experience. She currently has a Associate’s in Science, Art, and Nursing. Bachelor’s in Nursing. Mrs. Thomas shared: “I graduated from LPN school at Elizabethtown, Kentucky in 2016. I worked in addiction rehabilitation there until I moved back home in 2017 where I began working home health with a very special little boy named Noah. I returned to Bluefield State College for their LPN to RN program which I graduated from in 2019. Upon graduation I went to Heritage Hall Rich Creek where I still work PRN. In December 2020 I received my dream job as Monroe County’s only School Nurse and just graduated with my Bachelor’s in Nursing from Western Governor’s University on October 31, 2022. I am also a Certified Lactation Consultant and Adult/Infant/Child CPR, First Aid and AED instructor. It has been a great pleasure to serve the student’s of Monroe County Schools and I look forward to many years to come with exciting new adventures each one. I have an outstanding team I work side by side with each day and together we strive to keep monroe county kids healthy and safe. I enjoy spending every moment I can with my two wild boys, Bryer and Leelynn, and my husband Justin. We enjoy camping, fishing, riding motorcycles and spending our days with our families. Life is precious, slow down disconnect and enjoy it with those who matter most. “ Jessie, thank you for all you do!
22 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Jessie Thomas
Rebecca M. Wikle is a 1st Grade Teacher at Mountain View Elementary and Middle School. She currently has 9 years of experience and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary K-6 and Social Studies 5-Adult with an endorsement to teach English 5-Adult, Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Reading. Ms. Wikle shared: “Although, I always planned on teaching an upper level history course, I began my career at Hinton Area Elementary in 1st grade and fell in love with the littles! After 3.5 years in Hinton, I made my way home to Mountain View Elementary and Middle School where I have been teaching 1st grade ever since. I love this age and the excitement the kids bring to education. I am passionate about reaching every child to ensure they are receiving the best education I can give them. I love to read; however, as a mother of four and a farmer's wife, I don't get to do it as often as I would like. So instead of reading for me, I read to my kids every night. Besides reading, I love taking mini vacations and family game nights!” Thank you Rebecca for your dedication!
22 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Rebecca Wikle
Vonda Atkins Boothe​​​​​​ is a Kindergarten Teacher at Mountain View Elementary/Middle School​​​​​. She currently has 10 years of experience and a Bachelor’s Degree with certifications in PK/PKSN​​​​ Ms. Boothe shared: “I began attending college in my 40’s! I graduated from BSU with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and received certifications in PK, PKSN. I taught 2nd grade before making the transition to PK, PKSN. Last year, I had the privilege to be hired as a kindergarten teacher at MVS! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ I have an amazing family that I love spending time with! My husband and I love to hunt, camp, hike, spend time with our grandchildren.” Vonda, we appreciate all you do!​​​​​​​​​​​​​
22 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Vonda Boothe
Trina Utterback Shoda​​​​ is the Financial Secretary for James Monroe High School​​​​ She has 22 years, 8 ½ months​​​ experience and 1 yr College​​​. Ms. Shoda shared: “I began my service at Peterstown Elementary in 2000 as secretary and transferred to James Monroe High School in 2008. I am truly blessed to be here in Monroe County as the Financial Secretary for 22+ years for all my children. I have been here to support all my children and staff in every way possible. I am enormously proud of all my Pirates and Mavericks for their demanding work from the beginning of the year in 2000. ​They will always be my children.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ I love spending time with my mother, father, brother, children, grandchildren, nieces, and all family members to share our love and laughs. I enjoy my Pirate and Maverick sports of all seasons. God has truly blessed me!!!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​“ Thank you Trina for all you do!
22 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Trina Shoda
MCTC The Dispatcher
22 days ago, Melissa Perdue
The Dispatcher
Kimberly Cody​​​​ is a Pre-K Aide​​​​​ at Mountain View School with 5 years experience. She currently has an Associate Degree​​​. Ms. Cody shared: “I started in the system as a custodian worked at Pes, Vo-tech /JMHS, then got on at JMHS as a Sp. Needs aide for 2 years till the student graduated, went to MVS as a sp. Needs aide till I finally landed the position that my heart desires working with the Pre-K. Where I am now and hope to be till retirement.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ I love to go hiking, spending time with family, I love to bake.​​​​​​​​​​​​​“ Thank you Kim for all your hard work.
23 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Kim Cody
Today, a group of JMHS students enjoyed watching Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’ in a beautiful American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA. What a wonderful opportunity to watch such talented actors perform in a facility built to resemble Shakespeare’s Globe!
23 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Shakespeare Play
Shakespeare Play
Karsyn Dusold​​​​ is a 7th grade ELA teacher at Peterstown Middle School​​​​ with 7 years experience. She currently has a Masters in Admin/Supervision, Elem Ed. K-6, Middle School ELA​. Mrs. Dusold shared: “I attended Concord University for my undergrad and played college softball. I graduated with honors and began working at PMS. I then completed my master's degree in Admin/Supervision. I serve as the Peterstown Middle School faculty chair and love my workplace and the people at our school. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ I love to spend time with my family. I love to read, spend time outside with my kids, and watch sports with my husband. My favorite things to do in the summertime is to visit with loved ones and go on adventures with my mom friends and all of our kids. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​“ Thank you Karsyn for all you do.
23 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Karsyn Dusold
Tammy Vass is a Secretary at Mountain View School with 8 years experience. She currently has a B.S. Organizational Leadership Mrs. Vass shared: “This is my 5th school year at MVS. Prior to coming to MVS, I worked for 3 years as the secretary for Federal Programs. I enjoy spending time with my family and my 2 mini schnauzers, River and Rex.” Thank you Tammy for all your hard work.
23 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Tammy Vass
Todd Lusk​​​​​ is a Communities In Schools - Site Coordinator​​​​​ at JMHS with 32 years ​​​total experience. He currently has a Master’s Degree (Educational Administration). Mr. Lusk shared: “I retired from Giles County Schools (Narrows High School) after serving as a teacher, coach, bus driver, and assistant principal for 30 years. Last year I was the assistant principal at Summers County High School in Hinton, WV. This year I am blessed to be the CIS Site Coordinator at JMHS. In this position I try to make coming to school enjoyable for all our students by providing them with anything necessary to make their school day a positive one. I am currently servicing about 40-50 students per day at JMHS, providing things such as snacks, bottles of water, school supplies, clothing, hygiene products, shoes, etc. The students have embraced our CIS program and it feels good seeing them leave my room with a smile on their face. The CIS program has been a wonderful addition to our daily routine at JMHS. We named our CIS room the “Maverick Mall” to make sure ALL our students felt comfortable in coming to our CIS room for anything they may need. It has been a big hit!​​​I will also be an assistant coach for the boy’s basketball team at JMHS. I was the varsity boys head coach at Narrows High School for 21 years. I also coached the girl’s varsity basketball team at Narrows for 11 years. I’m excited about getting back into coaching and look forward to working with the players and coaches at JMHS. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​“ Welcome to the Monroe County family Todd
23 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Todd Lusk
Zachariah Elmore is a 7th Grade Geography/Athletic Director​​​​ at Peterstown PreK-8 School with 3+ experience. He currently has a Bachelor's Degree​​. Mr. Elmore shared: “I have had the unique privilege to work in Monroe County since 2019. I began my professional career at Mountain View Elementary and Middle School, teaching in the 5th/6th Grade Special Education Position. In August 2021, I accepted the position of 7th Grade Geography at Peterstown Middle School and later became the Athletic Director. I am extremely proud of the school environment at Peterstown, and thankful for the opportunity to be a small part of educating the children of Monroe County. ​​​​​​​​​​​​ In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, various instruments, and video games. I thoroughly enjoy performing and writing music and hanging out with close friends. I coach girls' basketball at PMS and hope to start a middle school soccer team as well.” Thank you Zach for all your hard work. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
23 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Zach Elmore
John Ballengee​​​​​​ is the Chief School Business Official (CSBO)/Treasurer​​​​ with about 4.5 months​​​​ experience. He currently has a B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting) and a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA)​​ Mr. Ballengee shared his extensive work history: Staff Auditor at CohnReznick LLP accounting firm in Bethesda, MD: November 2015 – May 2017 Staff Auditor at Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) in Washington, DC: June 2017 – December 2021 Senior Auditor at USAC in Washington, DC: January 2022 – June 2022 Chief School Business Official/Treasurer at Monroe County Schools: June 2022 – Present ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ He enjoys golf and traveling; going to WVU football games; WVU athletics in general; watching football; making craft cocktails; trying new foods/restaurants/bars; playing poker; spending time with family, movies (going to the theater & at home) Thank you John for joining the Monroe County family.
23 days ago, Melissa Perdue
John Ballengee
Nellie Cottle is a Technology Integration Specialist​​​ at Peterstown PreK8 School with 19 years experience. She currently has a Masters Degree plus 45​​ credits. Mrs.Cottle shared: “I graduated from Bluefield State College in May 2004. I began teaching in Summers County, WV. I taught seventh-grade Science in 2004-2005 at Summers Middle School. In August 2005, I began teaching at Talcott Elementary School where I taught first-grade for ten years.​ I began teaching in Monroe County in the fall of 2015. I taught third-grade at Peterstown Elementary in 2015-16. In 2016-17, I taught Music and Band at Peterstown Middle School. I became the Technology Integration Specialist for Peterstown Elementary and Middle Schools in 2017, making this my sixth year in this position. I enjoy helping teachers, students, and families with educational technology such as Chromebooks, Schoology, Google Workspace, and more. I also enjoy teaching computer science, computer applications, and STEM.​​​​ My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Middle Education. My Master's degree is in Curriculum and Instruction. I am currently in my last class of the Concord University Educational Leadership and Administration Cohort. My teaching certifications include Multi-Subject K-6, Science 5-9, Technology Integration Specialist, and Computer Science.​​​ I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and doing outdoor activities. We enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and boating. We like to kayak on local rivers and spend time on our boat on Claytor Lake.” Thank you Nellie for all you do.
23 days ago, Melissa Perdue
Nellie Cottle