WVU Extension Specialist –
4-H Youth Development/Academic Success and Literacy
When it comes to serving West Virginia’s youth, Terri Collier’s experience speaks for itself. Collier started as an ambitious elementary school teacher, and used her passion for education to take on more responsibility through the years. The outcome? An appointment as a West Virginia University Extension specialist in 4-H Youth Development and Academic Success.
“I grew up in a 4-H family, and saw first-hand what an impact it can make in a child’s life,” said Collier. “I’ve always believed in WVU Extension’s work and I’m excited to help it develop across the state.”
Collier is responsible for providing leadership for 4-H programs that promote success for youth across the state in classrooms, at camps and festivals. She also oversees WVU Extension Service’s literacy enhancement programs, such as the award-winning Energy Express summer reading and nutrition program.
“I was an Energy Express site supervisor in Mingo County, and truly appreciate all aspects of the program,” said Collier. “Sometimes children can get lost in the mechanics of reading and lose sight of the enjoyment found in a book—Energy Express gives them the opportunity to discover and experience that magic alongside their AmeriCorps mentor.”
Previously, Collier drew from her extensive in-classroom experience to service two leadership roles for the West Virginia Board of Education – Title I Mathematics coordinator and the Migrant Education Program coordinator.
As the statewide Title I Mathematics coordinator, Collier was instrumental in providing guidance and support to county Title I directors, as well as structuring programs to ensure all children met state academic standards.
Her work in the Migrant Education Program aimed to help migrant children overcome education disruption and social isolation that occur from cultural and language barriers.
From there, Collier served as the administrative assistant to the Mingo County Superintendent. In that role, she provided leadership and guidance to coordinate educational programs for the Mingo County school system, and made efforts to increase parental and community support.
“Anytime there is change, there is room for improvement, and I’m looking forward to using my experience and strong statewide ties I have gained through my previous work to establish programs in new areas with Extension’s help.” said Collier.
Collier received master’s and bachelor’s degrees in elementary education from Marshall University.
To contact Collier, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her office at 304-293-1516. To learn more about Energy Express, visit energyexpress.ext.wvu.edu.