PARKERSBURG, W.Va. –Incoming Wood County Schools Superintendent Christie Willis says she wants to ensure “continuity” as she begins to lead her hometown school district.
“I’m thrilled to represent Wood County Schools because I’m a product of the system,” Willis told MetroNews.
Willis started out as a college student, went on to hold various teaching positions, and will now become the district’s next superintendent. She is currently the Deputy Superintendent of Learning and Assessment.
As a Wood County native, Willis said she brings a unique perspective to the job. She graduated from Parkersburg South High School in 1994 and has held various teaching positions since then.
“I need all aspects of my background to do this job,” Willis said. “I have been a substitute teacher, specialist, specialist teacher, regular teacher, building administrator and central office administrator. I have a lot of experience to reflect on.
Willis’ love of education came from his parents who also attended Parkersburg South.
“It was very important to them that I get an education in Wood County Schools, so even as a child they instilled in me the importance of education and how stellar that school system was,” he said. she declared.
Willis was appointed to the position last week. She will replace Will Hosaflook who will leave to become Jackson County Schools Superintendent in July.
There are very few changes Willis will bring to the table, given his close working relationship with Hosaflook. She said she plans to instill the same values and continue to make Wood County a great place to go to school.
“We have well-established objectives. We have a well-established direction. I just want to continue where he laid the groundwork to move the county forward,” Willis said.
The transition comes at a time when COVID-19 cases are down, vaccinations are up, and virtual learning is becoming a thing of the past.
Willis said one of his main goals is to keep students and teachers in class this fall.
“Hopefully we can continue to learn in person,” she said. “I think we have a very solid plan in place. I know that if something were to happen and we had to go back to another structure, I would know what to do.
Willis was one of four finalists to meet the public at a special board meeting last week at Wood County Technical Center. The other nominees were Richard Duncan, Superintendent of Roane County Schools; Michael Fling, assistant superintendent of support services for Wood County Schools; and Walter Saunders, director of assessment and federal programs for Ohio County Schools.
The Wood County Board of Education expects to approve Wills’ contract at its April 12 meeting.
Willis’ first day of work is July 1.