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CEHS Hall of Fame: 2008 Inductees

Steven Paine
Distinguished Alumni

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Steven Paine received his bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State College. He furthered his education by attending West Virginia University, where he received his master’s degree in educational administration and his doctoral degree in educational leadership.

Dr. Paine served as West Virginia’s state superintendent of schools from 2005 to 2011. Under his leadership, West Virginia was nationally recognized for its 21st Century Learning Skills initiative, pre-kindergarten programs, school technology implementation, reading initiatives and teacher quality efforts. Paine joined the West Virginia Department of Education in 2003 as deputy state superintendent of schools after serving as county superintendent in Morgan County, West Virginia.

Previously he served as curriculum director of Upshur County Schools in Buckhannon, West Virginia. At the time of his Milken Educator Award, Dr. Paine was principal of Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School—West Virginia’s largest middle school—which he helped achieve the rare distinction of being a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School as well as an Education, Safe, Drug-Free School.

Dr. Paine also assisted the West Virginia Department of Education in its implementation of the nationally acclaimed Responsible Students Program, through which 99 percent of his school’s 1,050 students were recognized. By implementing the BUCS (Building Up Conscientious Students) program, Dr. Paine also significantly improved every aspect of education at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.


Kevin Elko

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Kevin Elko received his bachelor’s degree in biology education and coaching from California University of Pennsylvania. He then went on to West Virginia University where he received two master’s degrees in both counseling and sports psychology, and his doctoral degree in education with a major emphasis in sports and counseling. He is also a certified addictions counselor.
Elko is a nationally renowned performance consultant, professional motivational speaker, and author. He has consulted with numerous companies including: ING, Tyson Foods, Abbott Labs, and Pioneer Investments. He presents more than 200 times per year and has spoken in every state and internationally.

In the sports world, Elko has consulted with the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department and football programs at the University of Miami, Rutgers University, Louisiana State University, and University of Alabama. He has also consulted with professional teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Dallas Cowboys, and New Orleans Saints.
He is the author of four books, including The Pep Talk, which is in the process of becoming a motion picture. He was inducted into the Brownsville Area High School Hall of Fame.


Kay Huffman Goodwin

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Kay Goodwin of Charleston, Kanawha County, was reappointed Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Education and the Arts on January 17, 2005 by Governor Joe Manchin III. She serves on the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the West Virginia Film Commission, the Prepaid Tuition Fund Board of Trustees and the Professional Staff Development Advisory Council. She is co-chairman of the Center for Professional Development Board, is chairman of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, is co-chairman of the West Virginia Council on Civics Literacy and is the Governor’s designee to the Educational Broadcasting Authority. She is a member of The Workforce Planning Council, is a lifetime member of the Governor’s Honors Schools Advisory Council, is a member of the Board of Advisors for WVU’s Blaney House and serves on the HB 3009 Workforce Development Initiative Committee. She is the former Chairman of the EPSCoR Advisory Council and is a current member of the Science and Research Council.

Secretary Goodwin is the former chairman of the University of West Virginia System Board of Trustees, the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Financial Aid Coordinating Council. She has served on WVU’s Board of Advisors and as Chairman and member of the WVU College of Creative Arts Board of Visitors. A former member of the Arts Education Advisory Board for the National Endowment for the Arts, she was appointed in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush to serve on the Independent Commission to Review the Grant making Procedures of the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a former member of the West Virginia Wesleyan College Board of Trustees, the WV Humanities Council, the United Health Systems Board, and the West Virginia University Hospitals Board of Directors.

Named a Distinguished West Virginian, WVU’s Outstanding Alumna, and recipient of the WVU President’s Distinguished Service Award, she was inducted into the WVU College of Human Resources and Education Hall of Fame in 2008. Secretary Goodwin was recognized as Daughter of the Year by the West Virginia Society of Washington, D.C. In 2004, Secretary Goodwin was designated one of only four recipients of the National Public Service Award.

Mrs. Goodwin is a past president of the Junior League of Charleston, the West Virginia University Alumni Association, Keep a Child in School, the Ripley High School Parent Advisory Committee, and the Epworth Methodist Church Administrative Board. She also served on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Arts Steering Committee, the National Advisory Committee to Study Arts Education in the United States, and has testified before Congress on arts and education initiatives on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. She was a member of the Bradley Foundation’s Commission to Hear and Review Arts Funding in Milwaukee. She is a former member of the United Bankshares Community Advisory Board, the Jackson County Foundation Performing Arts Fund, the West Virginia Artists’ and Craftsmen’s Guild Board of Directors, the West Virginia Public Radio Advisory Committee as well as the West Virginia Symphony Women’s Committee, and the University of Charleston Builders. Mrs. Goodwin was, for over twenty years, privileged to direct community and high school musical theatre in Jackson County, in addition to staging opera performances in other state venues. Secretary Goodwin was honored by both the National Educational Theatre Association and the West Virginia Thespian Conference for her support and advancement of student theatre in West Virginia and the nation. In 2010, Mrs. Goodwin was named one of The Charleston YWCA’s Women of Achievement in addition to being honored with her husband, Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, by the West Virginia Education Alliance.

Holding a masters degree in drama, she has served on both WVU and West Virginia State University faculties. Secretary Goodwin has received seven honorary doctoral degrees.


Cleaster Jones Jackson

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Cleaster Jackson received her bachelor’s degree in social work and her master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin. She was awarded her doctoral degree in special education in 1997 from West Virginia University.
Dr. Jackson is a dedicated educator and administrator and a person who has significantly impacted the lives and education of many students. She has been recognized at the national and state levels for her outstanding leadership in education, especially for her efforts to improve student achievement and success.

Dr. Jackson is presently the superintendent and principal of the World of Wonder (WOW) School located in Dayton, Ohio. The WOW School is a charter school with one of the highest poverty rates in the Dayton area. Dr. Jackson has steadfastly worked to bring the school up from the lowest ranking on the state’s report card, “academic emergency,” to the level of “continuous improvement.”


Beverly Kingery

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Beverly Kingery received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary education from the University of Charleston, and her master’s degrees in reading education and educational administration from Marshall University.

Kingery is recognized for her contributions to reading in the state of West Virginia. She serves as the coordinator of reading for the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). She is currently the superintendent for Nicholas County Schools. Ms. Kingery has received both national and state awards that recognize her efforts to improve reading education.


Gwen Socol Rosenbluth

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Gwen Rosenbluth received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her master’s degree in secondary guidance and counseling at Memphis State University and her doctoral degree in education from West Virginia University in 1990.
Dr. Rosenbluth is both a teacher and a teacher’s teacher. She was a longtime English teacher at Morgantown High School. She was an early leader in the development of the University’s five-year teacher preparation program and coordinated the first teacher education center at Morgantown High School.

As an adjunct instructor at WVU, she taught courses in writing methods, English education, and language arts for a number of years. Practicing teachers have benefited from Dr. Rosenbluth’s leadership of the West Virginia University Writing Project for more than a decade, her role in resuscitating the West Virginia Language Arts Council, and her years as a consultant and instructor for the West Virginia Center for Professional Development’s Advanced Placement (AP) English and Composition workshops. Because of her exemplary work in AP, she was selected as a consultant for the College Board Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Program.

Rosenbluth was the Monongalia County Teacher of the Year in 1989 and was also a pioneer in the use of computers in teaching writing in WV, having introduced one of the first computer writing labs in a WV high school.