Amy Shuler Goodwin
Charleston, West Virginia
On Monday, May 6, 2019, more than 100 business, education and community leaders attended The Education Alliance’s EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future event at Wheeling Park High School. EDTalks is an education-based speaker series that promotes innovative discussion and big ideas on strengthening public education.
The EDTalks event featured presentations by three Wheeling natives: The Honorable Amy Shuler Goodwin, Mayor of Charleston WV; Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, Chancellor of the WV Community and Technical College System; and Faith Richter, Senior at Wheeling Park High School.
“As we think about the tremendous economic opportunities and challenges facing our state, the connection between jobs and education is obvious. Engaging our communities in this conversation is mission critical to our success,” said Dr. Amelia Courts, president and chief executive officer of The Education Alliance. “Through gatherings like this, we can learn from one another and work together to develop new strategies and models of learning that will provide our students with the very best.”
EDTalks are being held across West Virginia to provide a lively series of networking and education events designed to engage business, education, and community leaders in public education issues. Each program features compelling presentations by cutting-edge speakers, professionals and advocates along with ample time for conversation and networking.
“Clearly, a strong education system is the path to a better future for our state and its citizens,” said Brett Staples, Chairman of The Education Alliance Board of Directors. “The Northern Panhandle has an important impact on our state’s economy. The Education Alliance is excited to hear innovative and exciting perspectives in this region on how we can strengthen the pipeline to future jobs in West Virginia.”
Charleston, West Virginia
Amy Shuler Goodwin is the Mayor of Charleston West Virginia. Goodwin is the daughter of Floyd Shuler, a small business owner, and mother Pat Shuler, an elementary school teacher--grew up in West Virginia. Having been raised in a family who owned a sporting goods store, Goodwin and her sister Karen Shuler Stakem discovered their passion for sports and the outdoors. It was the selfless acts of public service of Goodwin's grandfather, the late Dr. Albert Blatnik, and her grandmother, the late Senator Thais Blatnik that sparked her interest in serving her fellow West Virginians.
Goodwin most recently served as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism for the State of West Virginia. Before that Goodwin served as Communications Director and chief spokesperson for Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Governor Bob Wise. During her career, Goodwin also served as chief spokesperson for a presidential candidate, a congressman and mayor of the City of Charleston. Goodwin also owned and managed a public relations firm, was an anchor and reporter, and taught senior level public relations courses for the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University and the University of Charleston.
Goodwin graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. During her time at West Virginia University, Goodwin served as Vice President of the student body.
Goodwin serves on the Board of Directors for the Mountaineer Autism Project, is the President of the John Adams Middle School Parent Teacher Association, a member of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and a sustainer in the Junior League of Charleston.
Goodwin and her husband, Booth Goodwin, have two teenage boys—Joe and Sam. When Amy and her husband are not watching their boys play hockey, run cross country, or play in the band they can be found mountain biking or hiking with their very large lab, Gus (a Kanawha County Animal Shelter pup!).
Wheeling Park High School
Faith Richter may be the most active Patriot student at Wheeling Park High School.
Faith Richter may be the most active student at Wheeling Park High School. The senior is involved in every Wheeling Park music program, and she’s had major roles in every Park Players performance since her sophomore year. She’s the president of the Wheeling Park High School Thespian Club, and in addition to being an amazing singer, she plays violin, piano and percussion.
Richter has also been a member of the Wheeling Park High School Speech and Debate Team since her sophomore year and helped the team win the school's 40th consecutive state championship this spring. She maintains a 4.625 GPA, and she cites theater teacher Bill Cornforth and choir teacher Joyce Jingle as her favorite instructors.
Richter has enjoyed being a student at Wheeling Park High School because of all of the programs the school offers and also because of the facilities in which she gets to take part in them. She said the opportunities offered at Park have forced her to make difficult decisions, but they’ve set the stage for great achievements.
Richter said her parents, Jeremy Richter and Heather Schultz, have been very supportive of her artistic ambitions. She plans to pursue musical theater in college and is considering Point Park University and Ithaca University.
West Virginia Community and Technical College System
Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker is the Chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia and the Interim Chancellor of the West Virginia Education Policy Commission. Under her leadership, West Virginia has made enormous strides in taking community and technical education to the next level.
A hallmark of her championship on behalf of West Virginia's students was the State Legislature's passage of a free community college bill in March 2019. As a result of her vision and hard work and state policymakers' dedication and investment on behalf of the state's students, the WV Invests program now provides students with last-dollar-in grants that cover the full costs of tuition and fees at the state's nine community and technical colleges.
As the head of the state's system of community and technical colleges, the first woman to hold the position, Dr. Tucker has significantly grown and strengthened partnerships with business and industry to create the education and training that meet their workforce needs and give West Virginians meaningful opportunities.
Dr. Tucker completed her doctorate at the School of Education at the University of Michigan in 2010. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she was a behavioral specialist and general education teacher in an adolescent girls group home. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard University and a M.A. in Quantitative Research Methodology from the University of Michigan.