Adult Education

Kim McConnaughy

Northern Region Adult Education Coordinator

Cell: 304-639-3883

Kim has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Management from West Liberty University.  Obtained a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from WVU.   Previously worked as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at West Liberty University and then became the Director of Academic Support Services at WV Northern Community College.   Has been the Regional Adult Education Coordinator for the Northern Region for 19 years.   In addition, has served as vice president and president of the WV Adult Education Association and currently serves as Executive Director of WVAEA, Inc., the Board of Directors with the Northern Panhandle Workforce Development Board, St. John’s Home for Children, and Foundation Board of WV Northern Community College as well as a member of the education advisory council for both the Northern Regional Jail/Correctional Center and St. Mary’s Correctional Center.

Anne Mezzanotte

Northern Region Adult Education Coordinator

Work: 304-933-3479
Cell: 304-841-4963

Anne graduated from Fairmont State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education K-8 and from Marshall University with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

She has been the Regional Coordinator for Adult Education in the North Central Region since 2012.

She has served as Treasurer of the West Virginia Adult Education Association since 2015.

Julie Hagan

Mid Ohio Valley Region Adult Education Coordinator

Work: 304-917-3555
Cell: 304-494-1123

Julie is the Regional Adult Education Coordinator for the Mid-Ohio Valley under Mountain State ESC, which includes the following counties: Braxton, Calhoun, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Putnam, Roane, Wirt and Wood.

Julie graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (K-6 Comprehensive) and a Master’s Degree in Adult and Technical Education, with an emphasis on Adult Education. She has been employed with Adult Education since April 2008 in the roles of Hit the Ground Running Instructor, Workplace Education Instructor, Adult Education Instructor, SPOKES Instructor and Regional Adult Education Coordinator. She holds a Professional Teaching Certificate, an Adult License and a Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) Advanced Credential.

Julie is the most senior Adult Education TIS in the state. In addition, she is also an Assessment Specialist, a Microsoft Office Specialist, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, as well as IC3 certified. Julie holds dozens of other certifications in various fields. Julie has presented over 100 Adult Education and technology-related sessions at conferences on local, regional, state and national levels. She is the past President and Board Member of the West Virginia Adult Education Association and still active within the organization.

Chanda Perry

South West Region Adult Education Coordinator

Work: 304-766-0011 ext.19

Chanda graduated from West Virginia State University with an Associates Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology and a Bachelors Degree in Healthcare Management.

She began working in adult education in 2014 and has taught in Boone, Logan, Mingo, and Lincoln Counties.

She has been the Regional Coordinator for the Southwest Region since May 2022 and also serves as a member of the Kanawha County Workforce Development Board.

Kari Geary

West Virginia Adult Education Professional Development Coordinator


Kari graduated from Fairmont State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and from West Virginia University with a Master’s Degree in Reading. She also obtained a Principalship certification from Marshall University.

Kari taught in the K-12 system for six years, before joining Adult Education in 2015 as a Career Development Consultant for the Mid-Ohio Valley region. Kari has been associated with many professional development initiatives in both K-12 and Adult Education, including Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and WV Adult Education pre-service peer training and in-service training.

She currently serves as the Vice President of the West Virginia Adult Education Association.

Jane Bittle

Program Assistant

Work: 304-766-0011 ext.18

Jane is a Program Assistant for Mountain State ESC and the Kanawha County Adult Education Office. She earned an A.A.S. Degree in Marketing from West Virginia State University and has written articles for local newspapers. She has worked in PreK-12 and adult education before transitioning to join the MSESC Team.

For the past four years, Jane has enjoyed working with an awesome group of AdultEd Instructors. She also coordinates the annual Adult Education Graduation for students receiving recognition for fulfilling their TASC requirements.

Jane is now providing additional support with purchasing and payables in the finance office of MSESC. She looks forward to working with team members statewide, government agencies and industry to build successful ventures with Mountain State ESC.

Elizabeth Jarrett

Professional Development Coordinator

Work: 304-766-0011 ext.37
Cell: 304-395-3159


Elizabeth has over twenty years of experience helping students to cultivate growth mindsets, plan educational and career paths, prepare for entrance and occupational exams, gain academic and employment skills, and succeed in college. Many of her students have been first-generation college students who needed to earn their high school equivalency diploma and develop academic skills before entering post-secondary education.

Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Chemistry from West Virginia University and a Master of Arts in teaching from Marshall University. She is certified to teach Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Science, Mathematics and ESL (9-AD). Her academic background in the math and sciences and her experiences teaching English as a second language in Japan, tutoring in college settings, working with resiliency programs for at-risk youth, and teaching in the adult education program have all prepared her for the work she is most passionate about – helping students transition successfully into and succeed in post-secondary education to build the career of their dreams.

As Professional Development and Distance Education Coordinator, Elizabeth now coordinates the implementation and use of educational software in adult education programs, plans professional development sessions, and helps to coordinate conferences for adult education instructors. She also provides technical assistance and training statewide on distance learning software, student certifications, and the use of technology to assist instruction. She facilitates graduate courses for educators in the WV Adult Education program.

In her free time, Elizabeth loves to hike, kayak, and do yoga. She is also an RYT-500 hour yoga instructor who focuses on somatic healing through the practice of yoga.

Nick Northup

Assessment Specialist

Office: (304) 766-0011 ext. 28



Nick is the Data Coordinator for West Virginia Adult Education.

He graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. He has served in many roles, including SPOKES Instructor, Pre-Service Peer Training, and Data Manager.

He has also provided insight and feedback on various committees such as the Curriculum/Quest Team and assists with technology integration. Nick holds an Adult Education License and a Technology Integration Specialist Advanced Credential.

In his current role, Nick provides training and technical assistance on the use of the state management information system to help program increase performance. He is a valuable member of the Accountability Team, which monitors classes to ensure federal and state compliance. Nick is also responsible for preparing and submitting federal reports and completing data matches. He promotes distance education, technology integration, and blended learning into the WVAdultEd classrooms.

Nick is the past Vice President and Board Member of the West Virginia Adult Education Association and continues to serve on the Conference Planning Committee.


Phone: 304-766-0011

Fax: 304-766-0022

501 22nd Street
Dunbar, WV  25064