Meet Dental Assisting Program Director, Ariel Alderson!


Six weeks come and go quickly, according to one of our newest faculty members Ariel Alderson.  She is new to the teaching field but not new to dental assisting world.  According to Ariel, “having the opportunity to educate in the field she is passionate about is extremely rewarding.”  Even though the six weeks fly by as an educator, the knowledge gained and the positive work environment drives the students and Ariel to continued success.

Ariel graduated from West Virginia Junior College’s Dental Assisting program in 2014.  She graduated from the WVJC Dental Assisting program and couldn’t wait to join the workforce. She was ready and excited to put her skills and knowledge to work.  She began her Dental Assisting career with Dr. Lacy, Weidman and Hazey.  This was an exciting time in her life because she was finally putting her passion into place and striving to continue to learn more from the hands on experience under such great dentists.

After some time in the dental field, Ariel knew that her passion to work in the field was not enough.  She applied for the Dental Assisting job at WVJC, where she wanted to not only show off her talents but also help the young minds of today learn the importance of their jobs and day to day responsibilities.   She began her career at WVJC in 2018  as the Dental Assisting Coordinator.  After only a few months of teaching, she is confident that she made the right choice and takes great pride in her job every day “in guiding the young minds toward success.”

When Ariel is not at work she is spending time with her family.  She married the love of her life Tyler in 2015.  They now share two daughters that take up most of their time but “they wouldn’t have it any other way.”  Every day, Ariel and her husband, strive to be the best parents they can be so that one day they will be just as successful as they are.

Ariel is not only a wife, mother and teacher but passionate about her health as well.  She sells “IT Works” on the side to not only make some extra money, but to help the world know and understand the importance of a healthy life style.