Thankful For Our Students in 2020

At WVJC Morgantown/Online, what we are most thankful for are our students. We are here because of them, and all the work we do is for them. The faculty and staff at WVJC Online and WVJC Morgantown want our students to be successful and believe that they can be. We are so grateful that our online students rise above the challenges they face and aspire to learn more.

Keep reading for messages from WVJC faculty and staff.

Bryce Adkins, Legal Office Assisting Program Director, says, “I am so thankful for my students and for being able to interact with each of you, particularly via video interactions and discussions.”

Kacey Eagle, Allied Health Programs Director, says, “I am thankful for my students who want to take the step and make a difference in their life.” She also shares advice from Beverly Sills who said, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

Jamie McGuire, Pharmacy Technician Program Director, says, “I would like to acknowledge all the hard work and dedication each of my pharmacy technician students have shown this module. Our program is packed full of specialized medical, clinical, technical and administrative knowledge that takes great commitment to master and each of you have accepted this challenge with enthusiasm. Keep up the hard work! You make me proud!”

Shane Welter, Business Programs Director, says, “I’m thankful for the students because it gives me the opportunity to work with students and professionals in different communities.”

Robin Addis, NAS, IT, and Cybersecurity Program Director says, “I am thankful for the students’ willingness to move outside of their comfort zone and learn new tasks.”

To close, here is a message from your Academic Dean, Rachael Salvucci. “Your dedication to improving your life through education makes all of us here at WVJC work harder to help you reach your goals.  We wish you well as 2020 comes to an end and hope for nothing but a prosperous future.”

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at WVJC!

Rachael Salvucci – Academic Dean

Hi everyone! My name is Rachael Salvucci, your new academic dean. However, this is not my first time being part of the WVJC family. I’ve actually been teaching at WVJC since 2013 as an online adjunct instructor. Some of you have probably had me for English Comp or Research and Writing.  I am very excited to be here with all of you and I look forward to getting to meet and know everyone.

I graduated from Penn State University with a degree in English education in 2005, and then went on to receive my Masters of Education from The University of Pittsburgh in curriculum and instruction and earned my administration certificate in 2011. Teaching and leading is my passion. I’ve been a high school English teacher in Pennsylvania for the past 15 years, and l spent one year as an assistant principal. My favorite part of teaching high school was my students.  Every year I became more surprised and proud of who they are and who they became, and I was blessed to have been a part of that.  While I loved teaching, I knew I wanted to move out of public education and into the postsecondary world.  So now I am here at WVJC full time and ready to help everyone succeed.

As the academic dean, my priority is my students. I want to see all of you succeed, so I am here when you need me. My goal is to maintain and elevate the high standards and welcoming environment at WVJC. Please feel free to stop by and say hello or send me an email and introduce yourself.

I was introduced to WVJC through Brittany Nuzzo Callen, and I fell in love with online teaching with my first class. Once I taught my first class at WVJC I knew I wanted to stay and teach more. That connection, thankfully, has led me to this position, and I couldn’t be happier. My favorite part of working at WVJC is most definitely the people. Everyone I’ve met and worked with at WVJC has been amazing, helpful, and enthusiastic, so I can’t imagine a better place to work. I also am looking forward to establishing many more wonderful relationships with the current and upcoming faculty and students.

I am mainly motivated by my 4.5-year-old twin boys, AJ and Nino. I want to provide them with a great life, but I also want to be the best for them. I want them to see that it’s possible to find an enjoyable and satisfying career without compromising their values. I want to be a strong role model for them while also teaching them to be good people, and the way that I treat the people I work with will hopefully portray that.  I want to encourage them to follow their dreams and support them in the process. Being their mom is one of the best and most important things to ever happen to me. I am so proud of them. They surprise me each and every day and I can’t believe that they are mine. They are amazing humans and most days outsmart me.

Something interesting people might not know about me is that I love to travel. My husband and I plan to go to as many countries as we can. So far we’ve been to 9, but that number will change each year. We also have a plan to travel to every state with our boys, so we are excited to plan our next destination and start our next road trip.

Again, I am so excited to be here with all of you and help support you in any way that I can.  I wish everyone a strong and healthy start!

Rachael Salvucci – Faculty Highlight

Hi everyone!  My name is Rachael Salvucci and I’ve been teaching at WVJC since 2013!  I graduated from Penn State University with a degree in English education in 2005, and then went on to receive my Masters of Education from The University of Pittsburgh in curriculum and instruction and earned my administration certificate in 2011. Teaching is my passion. I’ve been a high school English teacher in Pennsylvania for the past 14 years, and last year I was lucky to get some administration experience. I’m not sure if I’ll ever leave the classroom though – I love my students, both high school and junior college – and look forward to planning engaging lessons and building relationships with them.

I currently teach English Composition 101 and Research and Writing at WVJC Online. I absolutely love the online environment and feel that is where I excel the most. I’ve never had a class that I didn’t love, and my students so far in the past 6 years have been the best. I was introduced to WVJC through Brittany Nuzzo, and I fell in love with online teaching with my first class. Since I work full time as a public school teacher, it’s nice to come home after a long day and teach again – but on my couch and in my pajamas. I also love working remotely because I love to travel, and have been able to hold class in Italy, France, England, and many more countries and places in the US. My favorite part of working at WVJC is most definitely the people. Everyone I’ve met and worked with at WVJC has been amazing, helpful, and enthusiastic, so I can’t imagine a better place to work (part time for now).

I am mainly motivated by my 4 year old twin boys, AJ and Nino. I want to provide them with a great life, but I also want to be the best for them. I want them to see that it’s possible to find an enjoyable and satisfying career without compromising their values. I want to be a strong role model for them while also teaching them to be good people, and the way that I treat the people I work with will hopefully portray that.

I am most proud of my boys. They surprise me each and every day and I can’t believe that they are mine. They are amazing humans and most days outsmart me.

For the longest time I wanted to be an administrator, but the more chances I had to experience that career, the more I saw that I would miss teaching.  However, while I love being a high school English teacher, I would love to be full time in higher education, specifically a remote campus. My dream would be to do something I love while traveling the world.

Something interesting people might not know about me is that I love true crime. I listen to true crime podcasts on the way to and from work (and then am scared to get out of the car to walk into the building since I get to work by 6 am). Any time I can incorporate some true crime into my high school curriculum I do. What better way to get sophomores interested in literature than by reading/listening to/researching murders?  Some of my favorite podcasts are Up and Vanished, Lore, Bear Brook, Serial, and My Favorite Murder. Check them out and let’s chat! 🙂

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