West Virginia Department of Education is Able to Attract Talent Back

June 01, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine announced on Tuesday that Suzette Cook will be joining the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) on July 1, 2010. Cook has served as the McDowell County Superintendent since July 1, 2007. She also served as the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education for McDowell County Schools from 2002-2007. 

“Suzette has done a wonderful job turning around student performance levels in McDowell County,” said Paine. “We are lucky she decided to join us at the WVDE."

Cook accepted a position as a WVDE Title I School Improvement Coordinator. She will be working with schools that have a large population of children from low income families. Cook was with the department once before from 1995 to 2002 as a Title I Mathematics Coordinatorand Assistant Director of Federal Programs. 

“Title I and federal programs have always been close to my heart,” said Cook. “I have worked for years in efforts to improve student achievement and I believe I can use my experience to help children across the state.”

During Cook’s time with McDowell County School System, the county has made major changes in curriculum and finances. Advanced Placement classes were added at all high schools, two new schools have opened, and technology improvements were implemented. Five Title I schools have been named as Title I Distinguished Schools and three schools have achieved School of Excellence status. In addition, intensive professional development for teachers was provided to further enhance student performance.   


For more information contact the WVDE Communications Office at (304) 558 – 2699.

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