Mrs. York, who is no stranger to the area since her husband Steve York was Gilmer High School athletic trainer some years ago, is expected to begin work Jan. 6.
Currently a teacher of 3-year-olds for the Head Start program in Stillwater, Okla., she said in a press release that she and her husband “are looking forward to moving back to Upshur County and reconnecting with friends. Professionally, I am excited about working with community members to address the specific needs of Upshur County through Extension programming.”
Shelia Lewis, District Extension Administrator, noted in introducing Mrs. York to the court that she had worked for the Oklahoma State Extension Service, and that she has a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education/Community Service from Oklahoma State University.
When working for the extension service in her native Oklahoma, Mrs. York told The Mirror, she went from the county level to the state office, where part of her work involved “Oklahoma AgrAbility,” which linked farmers and ranchers with disabilities to assistive technology.
She also said she was returning here from Oklahoma to be closer to her family. Her husband is currently an independent distributor for Flowers Baking Company and has no plans to return to his former career as an athletic trainer, she said.
“I am pleased to have Julie join our County Extension Faculty in Upshur County,” Ms. Lewis said in the news release, adding “I feel certain she will do an excellent job because of her enthusiasm for providing quality, educational programs and working with the public.”
Mrs. York will particpate in a 30-day FIRST STEP For Success program in Wood County before starting work in Upshur County. That program will give her a chance to acquire a basic understanding of a County Agent’s role, as well as opportunity to observe and experience day-to-day operations of a typical County Extension Office.”
The Extension Service provides practical information and education in four areas: agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H and youth development, and community development.