New Administrators Hired

Board of Education approves new school and district leaders
Posted on 07/24/2019
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At their regular meeting Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the Cabell County Board of Education approved the following for administrative positions, at the recommendation of Superintendent Ryan Saxe:

Dr. Lee Ann Porter, Manager of Assessment and Instructional Programs, Cabell County Schools

Dr. Lee Ann Hvizdak Porter is beginning her fourteenth year in education. She graduated from West Liberty University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a minor in Multi-Categorical Special Education and Autism. Dr. Porter began her teaching career at Morgantown High School where she taught special education. After a year at Morgantown High School, she moved to her alma mater, Brooke High School, where she taught English 9 & 11 for three years and earned her first master’s degree in Reading from West Virginia University. In 2010, Dr. Porter moved to Cabell County where she taught English at Enslow Middle School for three years and special education at Huntington East Middle School for one year. Dr. Porter has spent the last five years at Huntington High School working as an assistant principal. 

While working in Cabell County, Dr. Porter earned her national boards in English Language Arts Adolescence/Young Adulthood in 2011. She earned her second Masters in Leadership Studies from Marshall University in 2013, an Educational Specialist Degree from Marshall University in 2014, and a Doctoral Degree from Marshall University in 2017. 

In her free time, Dr. Porter enjoys spending time with her family and working out.    

Brian Withrow, Assistant Principal, Huntington High School

Mr. Brian Withrow has worked in education for 15 years serving as a middle school teacher in Boone County West Virginia; a high school administrator at both Lincoln County High School and Riverside High School in West Virginia; and as a School Improvement Coordinator; Coordinator of Education Information Systems; and Assistant Director for the West Virginia Department of Education. He is currently working as a Coordinator in Education Information Systems at the state department, coordinating support, compliance and research efforts across the state of West Virginia.

Withrow has an associate’s degree from Potomac State College of West Virginia University (2001); bachelor's in Education from Fairmont State University (2004), a master’s in education from Fairmont State University (2010), and post graduate certifications from Salem International University in Curriculum and Instruction-Principal-and Superintendent (2011). He attended Harvard Graduate School of Education and studied through Programs in Professional Education “Leading Change for School Improvement” in (2014).

Mr. Withrow was the 2011-12 Young Alumni Award winner at Potomac State College of West Virginia University and was the 2011-12 Boone County Schools Teacher of the Year.

Holly Fisher, Principal, Culloden Elementary

Ms. Holly Fisher attended Cabell County Schools and Marshall University. She graduated from Marshall with bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Early Education; master’s in Reading Specialist; and, later, a master’s in Education Leadership.

While raising her children, Fisher substitute taught for eleven years in K-12 classrooms, related arts and Special Education, including long-term assignments in Hearing Impaired classrooms.

Ms. Fisher taught in both primary and intermediate grades before becoming a Title I Reading teacher, where spent the bulk of her career. During this time, she also held roles as a Literacy Facilitator, Book Room Monitor, and Sysop. She also taught a year at Huntington East Middle School and served as a Title I co-teacher and interventionist and sysop there as well. For past three years has worked at Central City Elementary as Assistant Principal.

Robin Ramey, Assistant Principal, Milton Elementary

Mrs. Robin Ramey is entering her 21st year in education. Prior to her new position, she served as a reading specialist at Central City Elementary. She has also worked as a county instructional coach; a reading specialist and second grade teacher at Highlawn Elementary; a reading specialist at Peyton Elementary; a reading teacher at Barboursville Middle School and as a fifth grade teacher at Geneva Kent Elementary. Ramey is also a National Board Certified Teacher.

“Milton Elementary is a great school and I am looking forward to getting to know the staff, students and their families,” says Mrs. Ramey. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Milton community in this capacity and I am eager to start this next chapter in my career.“

In addition to her work as a teacher, Mrs. Ramey is a published children’s author. Her book “Butternut Moon,” is an Appalachian adventure involving a girl, a dog and a ghost. “Cotton Fields and Canvas” is a sequel to “Butternut Moon” where the adventure continues. 

Stephen Zeigler, Assistant Principal, Barboursville Middle School

Mr. Stephen Zeigler began his education career at Princeton Senior High School in Mercer County as a social studies teacher. Mr. Zeigler spent six years teaching social studies at Princeton Senior High and taught all grade levels at the school. Also, while serving in Mercer County, Mr. Zeigler was a coach for various middle school and high school sporting teams. He also served as the Peep Club sponsor and a church youth leader.

Zeigler made the move to Cabell County Schools in 2013. For the past six years he has been working at Barboursville Middle School as a social studies teacher. He has also coached the school’s Cross Country team, coordinated pep assemblies, and served as an announcer for sporting events. He also volunteers at Jefferson Avenue Church of God in Huntington where he is now an ordained pastor. 

Mr. Zeigler says his educational experiences have afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. He adds that his educational philosophy is based on his uncompromising belief that all students can learn given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community, and a supportive family. 

Zeigler received a bachelor’s degree in Education from Concord University in 2006. He returned to Concord University and earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2009. Also, during his time at Concord, he was a 4-year letter recipient for football and track and field. He served as the school’s Sports Information Director from 2006-2008.

Mr. Zeigler has been married for six years to his bride Kendra and they have two children. 

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