GILBERT, W.Va. – Phyllis White, who was chosen as West Virginia’s Region 2 Principal of the Year earlier this year, plans to retire as principal of Gilbert Elementary School, effective December 31. She has served as the school’s principal since 2007.
“I’ve been involved in education for 32 years,” White said. “I believe I’ve been a great leader for our school, our community and the education system in Mingo County. Now it’s time for me to start a new chapter in my life.”
Prior to serving as principal of Gilbert Elementary, White served the school for several years as assistant principal. She began her teaching career at the school in 1982. She was selected at the Gilbert Elementary School Teacher of the Year for 1999-2000. She was designated by the Office of Education Performance Audits as a Distinguished Principal for 2014-2015. During her time as principal, she has secured more than $150,000 in grant funds for the school system.
White received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in elementary education and a Master of Arts degree in educational administration from Marshall University.
Her civic leadership work has included serving three times as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, a member of the Mingo County Executive Committee, a member of the Tug Valley Friendship Partnership (providing assistance to needy children). A member of the Bank of Mingo Partnership for Gilbert Elementary School, a member of McDonald’s Partnership for Gilbert Elementary School and a member of the Gilbert Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization.