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!”