Introduction to Board of Education Member Ms. Lisa Ratliff
I went to Davis Elementary School, Gassaway Middle School, and then Braxton County High school, where I graduated in 1988. During my senior year, I was a part-time student at BCHS and full-time student at Glenville State College. In July of 1988, I left WV to attend court reporting school in VA. In December of that year, I married another Braxton County resident, Billy Ratliff, who had just graduated from United States Marine Corps bootcamp. I then graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Glenville in 1998. In 2005, I graduated from WVU with a master’s in Special Education, Early Intervention - Preschool and Mod-Severe Disabilities degree, and then I added an endorsement in Autism in 2009.
I began my education career as a substitute teacher at Quantico, VA with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in 2000. We then moved to Iwakuni, Japan, where I continued as a substitute teacher with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools. In 2005, we moved to Okinawa, Japan, and I accepted a full-time position with the Department of Defense as a Special Education teacher. I left my position there in 2011 when we moved to PA. I taught in an autism support classroom in the Chambersburg Area School District for 3 years. In 2014, I began at Braxton County Middle School as a Special Education teacher. I decided to go part-time and take a position at the Board of Education as an Instructional Coach in 2017. I resigned from that position in August of 2021.
My husband and I lived in several states and two countries, moving every 3-4 years until he retired from the Marine Corps in 2016. We moved back to our farm in Servia. We have two children and four grandchildren. Our oldest grandson attends Frametown Elementary School, and the other three will also attend Frametown.
In addition to the many school systems I have worked in, my children have attended school in a variety of school systems; therefore, I have tremendous knowledge of how multiple school systems operate and become successful. I am extremely passionate about our students and our schools here in Braxton County. OUR CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE. I will make every decision based on what is best for the students of Braxton County.