WVU Extension Curriculum Specialist
If you’ve ever wondered who is responsible for the projects that the state’s youth do through 4-H, then look to Alicia Cassels, the new Curriculum Specialist for West Virginia University Extension Service.
With hopes to make the 4-H project system even more engaging, practical and effective for youth across the state, she will design and implement projects that promote important skills for children across West Virginia.
In addition to authoring numerous WVU Extension learning tools for youth and adults, Cassels also works on multiple projects to promote literacy for West Virginians of all ages.
Cassels helped initiate the West Virginia 4-H “Flash Fiction” exhibition as one of these projects, which encourages youth self-expression through written word. The Flash Fiction project has since been adopted by 4-H programs across the nation.
She also serves as the director of the West Virginia Storytelling Festival held annually in WVU Jackson’s Mill, which promotes literacy by allowing children to experience West Virginia’s rich oral storytelling tradition through spirited performances by professional storytellers.
As the curriculum specialist, Cassels will serve as the director for State 4-H Days, which allows youth to participate in a variety of state-level public speaking and educational activities that develop their knowledge, leadership and life skills while exposing them to a taste of higher education.
Cassels is also active in Extension faculty associations at both the state and national levels, and is a recipient of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents’ Achievement in Service Award.
She is a member of the West Virginia University Faculty Senate, co-chair of the WVU Extension Post-Secondary Success Team and a member of the WVU Extension Literacy Team.
Cassels is the former director of the nationally acclaimed WVU Extension Energy Express program which is a summer reading and nutrition program for kids in low-income and rural areas of the state. She also served as a WVU Extension agent for Brooke County.
Cassels received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and her master’s degree in Counseling Services, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
To contact Cassels, you can send her an email at email@example.com or call her office at 304-293-7993.