Professors at GSC featured in publications

GLENVILLE – Two professors from Glenville State College – Tara Cosco, assistant professor of special education, and Shelly Ratliff, assistant professor of education – were featured recently in national publications.

Cosco added an article in the New Teacher Advocate magazine to her accomplishments. She wrote the piece for new teachers beginning their careers.

“It is an honor to be part of the New Teacher Advocate Summer 2013 publication. I hope that new teachers will be able to learn strategies that will make their first year a success,” Cosco said. “The article, ‘Tips for New Teachers,’ also provides the website address to my webinar for additional suggestions to create a positive learning environment for all students. Having quality teachers is critical to the success of our future and teaching is my passion. I enjoy sharing my experiences and lessons with others and encourage all teachers to continue learning and improving their skills,” she said.

There are four main objectives that Cosco states to be most crucial to be successful in the first few years of teaching. She said teachers should set their own expectations high along with their students. Cosco also encourages them to always be organized and use time efficiently because every second counts. Her article said morning routines are another important factor because it gives the students a few minutes to get organized. Cosco’s last main objective is consistency, adding that educators should set rules and enforce those rules.

Cosco has 13 years of teaching experience and five of those are at Glenville. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fairmont State University and a master’s degree in special education from West Virginia University. Cosco is currently working on her doctorate in technology, and e-learning from North Central University.

Cosco is a native of Shinnston, W.Va., residing in Glenville. Cosco’s book “Follow Your Dream: Become a Teacher” was published in 2012 and can be purchased at the Glenville State College bookstore.

Ratliff had the honor of appearing on the cover of a recent issue of The Reading Professor. The cover photo of the winter 2012 issue shows Ratliff with her husband Jon and their 4-year-old daughter Brooklyn.

The publication’s editor also wrote about Ratliff and her family. The Reading Professor is a magazine read by educators all over the world.

“It is an honor to be asked to have my family featured on the cover of an international publication. I was asked by a Marshall University professor, where I am earning my doctorate, if we would submit a picture,” Ratliff said. “This particular edition focused on the importance of family involvement in reading with children. Our 4-year-old especially enjoyed seeing herself on the cover.” said

Ratliff is a 2002 graduate of Glenville State College and earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a specialty in English education, elementary education, and early education. She received her master’s degree from Marshall University with a focus in reading. She is pursuing her Doctorate from Marshall University with a specialty in curriculum and instruction emphasizing in literacy. Ratliff, who resides in Glenville with her family, is working on her dissertation.