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The West Virginia Board of Education Announces New RESA VIII Director

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May 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) announced at their monthly meeting in Charleston they have hired a new Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) 8 Executive Director. Long-time educator Joan Willard will take the lead position at RESA 8, one of eight education agencies throughout West Virginia.

Willard, who most recently served as the assistant superintendent for Morgan County Schools, has worked in the West Virginia public school system for 40 years. She began her career in Berkeley County as an educator for students with special needs before becoming the individualized educational plan coordinator for the county. She later served as the principal for North Berkeley Elementary and Widmyer Elementary schools in Morgan County prior to becoming the county's assistant superintendent.

Willard earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education/special education from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. She then went on to complete her master's degrees in specific learning disabilities along with graduate course work in education administration from West Virginia University.

RESAs were established by the WVBE to provide high quality, cost effective, life-long education programs and services to students, schools, school systems and communities. RESAs play an important role in offering:

  • technical assistance to low performing schools;
  • high quality professional development;
  • training services to state agencies, emergency first responders and the private industry; and
  • technology repair and training to school districts.

RESA 8 provides a multitude of educational services to over 42,000 public school students as well as community members of all ages in an eight county region, which includes the counties of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton.

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Communication Office at (304)-558-2699.

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