Betty Cardwell Spencer was sworn in as a member of the Kanawha County Board of Education on February 7, 2018, for the vacancy left by the death of long-term member Pete Thaw. She grew up in Institute, WV, the daughter of Mark H. Cardwell, Sr. and Jennie Williams Cardwell. Her formal education began at Institute Elementary School on the campus of West Virginia State College (University) and continued in Kanawha County Schools until she graduated from Dunbar High School in 1963. Betty attended WV State where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. She attained her master’s degree in education from West Virginia University in 1970 and has many additional hours from WV College of Graduate Studies.
After teaching at Shawnee Elementary School, Mrs. Spencer’s first administrative job was a vice-principal at Cross Lanes Elementary. The next year’s assignment was at two schools – Littlepage Elementary and Edgewood Acres Elementary, and then moved to Ford Elementary in Dunbar for many years. She also served as director of elementary and secondary school in 1989-90. When the Dunbar schools consolidated, she was the principal at the new Dunbar Intermediate School. After retirement, Betty continued to work at several schools on temporary assignments as a principal and evaluated for the early childhood department of Kanawha County Schools.
In 2016, Mrs. Spencer became the director of a preschool center and enjoys traveling and taking her grandchild, Kennedi, on fun activities. She is married to James W. Spencer and they are the parents of two daughters, Lea Spencer Ford and Staci Marie Spencer (deceased).
Email: Betty Spencer