Program Contacts

Early Childhood Advisory Council

​The Early Childhood Advisory Council of West Virginia created by Executive Order in July, 2010 with the mission to create a high-quality, coordinated system of services that support early childhood development. 

Contact: Monica DellaMea, mdellamea@k12.wv.us, 304-558-9994


Governor's Internship Program

The Governor's Internship Program offers high-achieving college students the opportunity to step beyond the classroom into the world of experiential learning by participating in coordinated internships in private businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Students gain knowledge of the real world work environment, learn valuable communication and leadership skills, obtain experience and gain references for the future. Students may also use the internship experience to evaluate current and future career choices.

Transitioning to WV Division of Culture and History
Contact: Andrea Thompson, andrea.d.thompson@wv.gov, 304-558-0220


Governor's Schools

The Governor's Schools of West Virginia are residential summer sessions for academically and/or artistically talented students from across West Virginia. The programs currently offered are the Governor's Honors Academy, the Governor's School for the Arts, the Governor's School for Mathematics and Sciences, and the Governor's School of Entrepreneurship​.

Transitioning to WV Department of Education
Contact: Sherry Keffer, sherry.l.keffer@wv.gov, 304-558-5325


Governor's STEM Initiative

West Virginia’s STEM for all approach will create students who are critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and collaborators that have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to compete and succeed in the state’s emerging economy.

Transitioning to WV Department of Education
Contact: Joey Wiseman, rjwiseman@k12.wv.us, 304-558-5325


Imagination Library

The Imagination Library is designed to provide free, age-appropriate books monthly to all eligible children in currently specific counties of West Virginia.  An international program created by Dolly Parton, Imagination Library of West Virginia is currently active in 39 counties. Since 2007, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has mailed over 1.4 million books to the children of West Virginia.

Transitioning to WV Department of Education
Program Director: Monica DellaMae, mdellamea@k12.wv.us, 304-558-9994


West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission​

On April 10, 2009 the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 404, which created the West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. The mission of the Commission is to promote awareness, celebrate the unique creation of the State of West Virginia and the role of its people during the Civil War era, and its continuing effect on our people.

Transitioning to WV Division of Culture and History
Contact: Andrea Thompson, andrea.d.thompson@wv.gov, 304-558-0220​

Contact Us

​Office of Secretary
Education and the Arts

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Building 5, Room 205
Charleston, WV 25305

Phone: (304) 558-2440
Fax: (304) 558-1311
Email: osea@wv.gov

Our Staff

​W. Clayton Burch, Acting Cabinet Secretary

Emily Hammond, Administrative Assistant