A native Californian made his way to the East Coast last year to serve the as the WVU Extension Service Family and Community Development agent for Harrison and Marion counties.
Ric Rodriguez was a special education teacher before coming to West Virginia, and believes his teaching experience will provide him with the opportunity to educate and help the community.
Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California and a master’s degree in special education from National University.
Rodriguez said he likes to create harmony in all aspects of life and believes empathy is the best way to get to know others. He says he plans to look at community data to drive what the community needs and make it a better place to live.
“When I read the job description it really stood out to me because it was a culmination of all the best parts of being in educator,” Rodriguez said. “You get to serve adults and youths. I want to help everyone I can — whether it’s individuals struggling with substance abuse or underserved youths in low socioeconomic areas.”
Rodriguez is currently learning about the needs of the community he serves.
“I want to provide opportunities to enrich the lives of the people in the community and provide long lasting benefits,” Rodriguez said
Rodriguez prides himself on being able to present information in a fun and creative way to foster a great learning environment.
“As a teacher, I had to learn how to reach a wide demographic of learners. I love when a group of people have that ‘aha’ moment in a program or a lesson. I want everyone to be able to take away something beneficial,” said Rodriguez.
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