Mr. Joe Semple, Principal
Born in 1963 in Ohio County, WV. Raised in Marshall County. Graduated from John Marshall High School in 1982. Attended West Liberty on a 4 year scholarship to study art. Double major: Art Education and Graphic Design. Later, graduated from WVU with a Masters in Special Education. Graduated in 2003 from Salem International University with a Masters in Administration. Worked at Wheeling Ohio County Airport through high school and undergraduate school. Began teaching in 1988. Teacher in Tyler County, WV 1989-2017. Football coach 1989-1993, Track and Field 1990-2017, Cross Country 1995-2006. Coached over 30 state champions in multiple track and field events. National Federation Coaches Association State Coach of the Year, 2002, Boys Track and Field. Art Educator recognitions include: West Virginia State Exhibit Visual Arts coordinator 2012-2017, WV State Art Educator of the Year 2011-2012, WV Arts Alive award recipient 2011 and 2015, National Sargent Art award recipient 2014 and 2016, WVAEA Distinguished Service within the Profession award 2014.
My favorite memory as a principal was when Paula Ring told me that her last year of teaching was her “best year ever!”