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Meet the Director
Eddie Graham of Clifton Forge has been an educator in the Alleghany Highlands since 1971. His career has included positions as teacher at Clifton Forge High School, Director of Jackson River Technical Center, and Division Superintendent of Covington City Public Schools. Graham was honored as the Virginia FCCLA Administrator of the Year for 2007 and Virginia Region VI Superintendent of the Year for 2009.
JRGS Governing Board (for 2011-2012)
The Governing Board for Jackson River Governor's School develops goals, policies and regulations, and budget for the school. Board members include:
- Suzanne Adcock (representing Alleghany County); Vice-Chairman
- Cindy Bryant (representing Covington City)
- Eddie Ryder
(representing Bath County)
- Steve Baldridge
(representing Buena Vista City)
- Jack Leffel
(representing Botetourt County); Chairman
- Eddie Graham, Director; Clerk of the Board
Current JRGS Faculty:
- Gary Appel; Instructor, Mathematics
- Kirsten Cooprider; Adjunct Faculty, Research and Science
- Barbara Kolb; Adjunct Faculty, Biology
- Steve Nicholson; Adjunct Faculty, Mathematics/Physics
- Michael White; Adjunct Faculty, Chemistry
UVA Engineering Course:
Students enrolled in the JRGS have had the opportunity to enroll in an introductory engineering course offered through the University of Virginia. Dr. James Groves, Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean for Research and Outreach in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia teaches Explorations in Engineering to introduce students to the field of engineering as an interesting and challenging career path. Dr. Groves recommends the course for those who want an overview of engineering, stating that students will examine "...the role of engineering in modern society, and overview of the various fields of engineering, and modern methods used by engineers to solve problems and meet new challenges."
A key component of the course is a project that the student will complete in teams. Working together to solve problems, they will learn how engineers design and implement solutions to problems.
Currently nothing is scheduled.