Nicholas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick believes all students can and will learn, provided they are given the proper support and resources they need to succeed.
“Students need to be exposed to careers at an early age so they will have the opportunity to explore career options and graduate career-and college-ready,” Burge-Tetrick said. “Our schools’ systems are strong with great teachers and great students, and we have earned two National Blue Ribbon School Designations within the past three years.”
Since 2016, Burch-Tetrick has served as superintendent of Nicholas County Schools. She said they are a proud community with strong school spirit coupled with love and compassion.
“I love Nicholas County and its schools. The population is declining like most of West Virginia, but Nicholas County continues to operate at a size that is large enough to provide diversity, yet small enough for teachers and students to know each other on a personal level. We are nestled in the hills with lush forests with the largest lake in West Virginia as well as the clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi. Our beauty is not only in our land features, but in the people of Nicholas County. When people need help, their neighbors always rise to the occasion.”
With a background in education and as someone who has always been engaged in her community, Burge-Tetrick had a unique set of professional experiences to prepare her for this role.
“I was elected twice as a Magistrate in Braxton County. I won the primary election three days after graduating from college, becoming the youngest person ever elected in a judicial office in West Virginia. After serving as magistrate, I was hired to create the first secondary education program in West Virginia in law and public safety. After teaching for three years, I became an elementary principal and then went on to work as a coordinator at the West Virginia Department of Education. While at the department of education, I became an assistant director and then an executive director of career and technical education. I left my position at the department of education after almost 13 years to become the Superintendent of Nicholas County Schools.”
When she isn’t busy leading and serving her district, Burge-Tetrick enjoys spending time with her family and her French bulldog named Bosco. She and her husband share one daughter, a sophomore in high school, and one son, who recently got married.
Getting To Know Superintendent Burge-Tetrick