Co-Presidents—Marcy Bragg and Monica Cox

Secretary—Dr. Sarah Lee

Treasurer—Teresa Brown

Committee Chairs

Hospitality—Kimberly Cook and Cindy Shelton

Professional Development—Julia Duffield

Parents and Reading—Courtney McClung

Membership—Tony Nichols

School Liaisons

BRE- Teresa Conrad
CRE- Lexi Willey
GRE- Monica Cox
GCE- Lauren Walton
MNE- Tami Marks
PCE- Theresa Dennison
SES- Cindy Shelton
ZELA- Afton Kwicienski and Leigh Ann Shelton
RMS- Adam Rose, Melinda Bennett, Lisa King
NCHS- Selby McClung
CTE- Tanya Cooper

Six members of the Nicholas County Literacy Association also serve on the West Virginia Reading Association.

Tony Nichols —Strategic Planning Director

Leslie Baughman—Co-Technology Director

Samantha Murphy—Co-Technology Director

Teresa Brown—Hospitality

Dr. Sarah Lee—Special Projects/Literature Fairs

2022 Events

Excellent Showing for NC at 2022 Regional Literature Fair

The 2022 Regional Literature was held at the Waco Center at Glenville State University on November 4th, 2023.  The fair was coordinated by Dr. Sarah Lee and Josie Groves, both of the Nicholas County Literacy Association.  Students who earned recognition as Best of Show in their divisions were invited to showcase their projects at the annual WVRA Reading Conference at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.  Six out of the nine projects earning the title of Best of Show were presented by students of Nicholas County!  Way to go Nicholas County students!



Secret Stories Training

On August 12th, 2022, Nicholas County Literacy Association partnered with WVRA to facilitate a professional development session featuring Katie Garner.  Many Nicholas County elementary teachers, principals, and support staff attended along with several other educators from outside the county.  Nicholas County teachers received a copy of Katie’s book, Secret Stories, along with a set of companion posters to jump-start the program in their classrooms this year.  Members of NCLA and WVRA were invited to attend a special luncheon with Katie to learn more about her and her amazing phonics program, based on research and rooted in the science of reading and cognitive neuroscience.  Upon the conclusion of the training, teachers felt empowered to begin the new school year and share Secret Stories with their students!

Meet & Greet with Author Michael Shoulders

On April 6th, 2022, the Nicholas County Literacy Association hosted a meet & greet with nationally acclaimed author Michael Shoulders.  This event was held from 4:30-6:30 at the Nicholas County Career & Technical Center in Craigsville and was catered by the Nicholas County Career & Technical culinary arts department.  This event was paid for with the $250 Dr. Mary Marockie A Touch of Class Award we received at last fall’s annual conference.

The Nicholas County Literacy Association would like to say a special “Thank You” to Michael for being our guest of honor and also to the West Virginia Reading Association for honoring us with this prestigious award!

Young Writers 2022 Banquet

We would like to extend a “thank you” to the Webster County Reading Association for inviting us to collaborate with them on a banquet in honor of the 2022 Young Writers Winners in Webster and Nicholas Counties.

The banquet was held on April 5th at Camp Caesar with a special presentation by national author Michael Shoulders.  Italian cuisine was served.  Each first place Nicholas County winner received a trophy and a certificate.  Nicholas County 2nd and 3rd place winners received a ribbon and a certificate.  Congratulations to all the winners!

American Education Week

School Display Contest

The NCLA sponsored and judged AEW displays in Nicholas County Schools. Cherry River Elementary had the winning display. The NCLA assisted county officials with the planning of activities for the week including a “Dress Like A Teacher” day and a “Dress for Success” career day. The NCLA also facilitated the recognition program at the Monday, November 15 Nicholas County Board of Education meeting.


Teacher Freebie Yard Sale

The family of deceased NCLA member Katherine Snyder donated all her teacher materials to Nicholas County teachers. Two truckloads and a ten-foot trailer were filled to capacity for teachers to choose. Teachers loved getting manipulatives, file cabinets, desks, chairs, teacher resource books. Children loved getting to sort through and taking home a bag of children’s books. The event was held on November 15-16, 2021 from 3:00-6:00pm at the Summersville Old Main Gym. Thanks to our members for helping set up and clean up.

Reading Conference Success

Twenty-six members of the Nicholas County Literacy Association attended annual conference. Two members served on the conference planning committee. The group received three awards at the award ceremony:

  • Mary Marockie Touch of Class Award: $250 to be used to enhance a regular meeting
  • Cynthia Lorentz-Cook Award: $900 for their Everyone’s Reading Grant to be used to support the Nicholas County Literature Fair and a middle and high school reading incentive program.
  • Madge McDaniel Award: Member, Dr. Sarah Lee is recognized for her outstanding leadership in reading.
  • The council contributed a Kohl’s Cares book and stuffed mouse as a conference door prize.

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