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Gabrielle Wilson

BLOOMINGDALE — Gabrielle Wilson longed to return to her local roots and finally has that chance as the new supervisor and vice-principal of the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

Wilson, a Hopedale native, was approved by the JVS school board during Tuesday’s regular session and given a two-year limited contract that begins August 1. She will succeed current official Andy Long, who was promoted to director following the recent resignation of Dan Hartman. Wilson briefly met with the board in executive session and then thanked them for their approval.

“I appreciate your vote of confidence,” she says.

The Indian Creek High School alumna graduated in 2005, then attended Marshall University before completing her undergraduate degree in accounting at Norfolk State University. She earned her first master’s degree in strategic leadership at Mountain State University in Beckley and her second in special education at Ashland University. Wilson is working to get his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati and hopes to finish it in May. Her career has taken her across West Virginia and Ohio, including teaching at FCI Academy, Columbus Arts and Technology Academy, and local schools in Groveport Madison. From there, she worked at the University of Cincinnati and held her first administrative position as special education coordinator at Berkeley County Schools in Martinsburg. She spent the past year as an assistant director and special education supervisor with the Positive Education Program in Cleveland.

She is thrilled to have this opportunity at JVS and said she is looking forward to starting her next chapter.

“I’m very excited about it. I was waiting for the right opportunity to show up and spoke with (JVS Superintendent Todd Phillipson and Long.) I think our personalities intertwine between the three of us. Wilson added.

She said she was comfortable with the role because of her experience working with transitioning students as part of her special education experience.

“I have always collaborated with external resources to connect them after high school,” Wilson continued.

Above all, she savors the chance to finally return home.

“It’s amazing. There’s a bondage to coming home. I wanted to see what I could do to put down roots rather than be transitory. I’m ready to put down roots and see how I can get involved in the community.

Phillipson welcomed Wilson to JVS and said he looked forward to working with her.

“I think she’s a great candidate and will do a great job,” How did he. “She brings a lot of enthusiasm and experience in special education.”

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