Kanawha County is the largest school district in West Virginia, and our 26,000 students come from many ethnic and economic backgrounds. That’s why we need leaders that not only represent that diversity but also have the energy and creativity to help us succeed.
Kanawha County Schools has a teaching environment that allows growth, encourages innovation, supports teamwork and fosters the belief that all students can achieve. Our teachers are often recognized as being among the best in West Virginia. We welcome certified teachers from other states and new teaching education graduates. For more information, please visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/
Whether you are brand new to the classroom, or if you have just a little bit of experience, you will find our beginning teacher mentor program to be helpful as you advance in your teaching career.
For immediate experience at your school site, you will be assigned a school-based mentor. This will be a teacher on staff who will be able to help you with questions you have about things specific to your school. If you don't already know, find out who this person is, and feel free to ask them about things such as getting materials and textbooks, copying materials, computer assistance, obtaining a substitute, etc.
For support in the classroom, you will have an Academic Coach. This person will visit your classroom regularly, and provide you support and feedback on issues such as instructional strategies, classroom management, and other questions you might have about curriculum and instruction.
You will be attending regular meetings with other beginning teachers, gaining valuable information and networking with educational professionals. Professional development is a core component of the program. Lead mentors use knowledge and skills gained to support teacher-learning structures at their schools.
The Charleston Area is the largest metropolitan area in the state of West Virginia. Charleston is the capital city and government seat of West Virginia. Residents of the Charleston Area have the benefit of being in or close to the capital city of West Virginia, with all the cultural and entertainment advantages that brings. At the same time, the Charleston Area is a tranquil, small-city environment with easy access to the Appalachian Mountains.
The Charleston Civic Center has the world's top recording artists in country, pop, rock, jazz and Christian perform. Charleston has outdoor festivals that feature live music from all over the world. In late June, the riverfront is packed with visitors for Blues, Brews & BBQ, which brings a full day of blues, followed by Wine and All That Jazz, a day of jazz performers and wine tastings from West Virginia vineyards. Learn more about FestivALL. The NPR radio show Mountain Stage is produced in Charleston.
Stroll through downtown Charleston during monthly art walks to explore the fine local galleries. Take a tour of the State Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion, or the historic East End. Visit the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, home to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Avampato Discovery Museum.
Charleston is a family-friendly city full of things to see and do for people of all ages. Everything is close by. Capitol Market, West Virginia’s best source for home-grown produce, plants, and flowers is located here. West Virginia Power, Charleston’s minor league baseball team, plays in Power Park from April through August. Enjoy local shopping at Bridge Road shops that features unique businesses with art, food, clothing, toys and jewelry. The Charleston Town Center Mall offers three indoor floors. Southridge, Trace Fork, and Dudley Farms are on U.S. Route 119 South and have an extensive venue of well-known anchor stores.
Charleston offers outdoor excitement, including skiing, whitewater rafting, ATV and mountain bike trails, horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking and hiking. In the winter, West Virginia offers the best skiing in the Southeast, with Snowshoe, Silver Creek, and Canaan Valley resorts all within a four-hour drive, and Winterplace only an hour away.
Higher Education offers MU Graduate College, West Virginia State University and the University of Charleston. For information about local events and activities, visit the City of Charleston Convention and Visitor's Bureau. For information about events and activities around the state, see the West Virginia Department of Commerce site.