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Board President Jill Cooper sitting at a table

Jill Cooper

President of Braxton
County Board of Education
t: (304) 476-6576

Marjorie Jill Cooper and her husband Scott Cooper have lived in Burnsville, WV for the past twelve years. Jill is a graduate of Bridgeport High School and Fairmont State College and has worked as a legal assistant/paralegal for over 30 years for attorneys specializing in family law. Her husband Scott is a retired Air Force Veteran. They have three children Megan, Marcus Jay, and Hunter, as well as a foster child JJ Cayton, who is like a son to them. The oldest of their children, Megan, graduated from Braxton County High School in 2013, while JJ is presently a junior and Jay is a sophomore, both of whom also attend Braxton County High School. Hunter, the youngest of the Cooper children, is attending first grade at Burnsville Elementary. Additionally, Jill and her husband have been Foster Parents since 2009 and consider themselves blessed to have welcomed over 40 children into their home throughout the years.

Mrs. Cooper brings a unique blend of community leadership skills and parent involvement perspective to her seat as board president. She is BSA trained and has previously served as Den Leader, Cub Master, Scout Leader, and Camp Director for the Scouts, and she remains active with Boy Scout Troop 1 of Sutton. Jill and her family regularly attend the Christ Church Sutton where she is an active member of the choir.  Her other interest include camping with her family and watching any sport… especially those involving her children or the West Virginia University Mountaineers.

Cooper’s campaign slogan was “I Am Somebody”. As Braxton County School’s Board President, Mrs. Cooper’s election platform will be embodied through the work that she is does to help each child realize their dreams and parents to feel confident about the educational opportunities that Braxton County Schools offers students. Her goal is to do this by shaping the school system to be a child-centered environment where all children realize, “They are Someone”.


Dave Hoover

Vice President of Braxton County Board of Education

Former Educator in Braxton County Schools

Dave Hoover and his wife Catherine Hoover are both longtime residents of Braxton County. Catherine has been an emergency room nurse for St. Joseph’s hospital in Buckhannon, WV. Where Dave has taught in Braxton County Schools for 19 years prior to retirement. Dave was a staff member of Sutton Middle School, Sutton Elementary and Braxton County Middle School throughout his teaching career. He has served on the Braxton County Board of Education for the past 10 years where he has been honored to serve as Vice President for the last 4 years.

board member Brad Shingler sitting at a table

Bradley Shingler

Bradley Shingler is a graduate of Braxton County High School and Glenville State College and holds a Bachelor's degree in History and Political Science. He is married to Stevieann Shingler and is the proud father of two boys, Lincoln and Denzil. Mr. Shingler lives in Little Birch, where he has resided his entire life.

Mr. Shingler is an employee of the Federal Government and has been since 2004.

He is an avid outdoorsman with a particular passion for rabbit hunting and enjoys raising and training beagles in pursuit of that endeavor.

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Dolores Wright
t: (304) 364-5344

Dolores Wright was born in Braxton County, WV. She was educated at Mill Fork School until she was 11 years old. In 1955, her family moved four miles away from the farm that she had lived on since birth. As Dolores reflected on that move she stated, “it felt like she was moving to another country”. She attended high school in Gassaway and is proud to call herself an “Elk”.

Dolores married at 17 years old and had her first daughter Sara at the age of 23. Five years later she was blessed with her second child Mark to be followed by her third child Patrick eight years later. In 1998, Dolores lost her daughter Sara and became mother to her two beautiful grandchildren Elizabeth and Josh. Her two sons Mark and Patrick both work for Precision where Mark is a Superintendent and Patrick is a laborer soon to be an Operator. She has six total grandchildren: her oldest granddaughter Elizabeth is employed by the mail service, Lacie is a student at Braxton County Middle School and she has four grandsons Josh, Lucas, Dylan and Laden. Laden is a student at Davis Elementary. Dolores also has six great grandchildren Daniel is a student at BCMS, David and Braden are students at Frametown Elementary as well as Haley, Rylea and Mason who are not yet in school.

In 1969, Dolores started her career working for the educational system in Gilmer County as a bus drive. She drove there for one year and started driving for Braxton County Schools in 1970. She continued to work for Braxton County Schools till 2007 when she retired with 32 years of service. Dolores was elected to service on the Braxton County Board of Education in 2018. She hopes to see many great things happen in Braxton County Schools and has pledged to do her best in this endeavor.