Coston to host book signing

Dr. Phyllis Kohl Coston, a retired West Virginia Wesleyan College professor of education and Christian education, will sign her book “Celebration of Success” from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 88 Restaurant and Lounge, 88 E. Main St., Buckhannon.

In 2009, Coston began writing inspiring stories about learning-disabled students who coped and succeeded.

She said she felt “called” to write the book. “I wanted to celebrate my students, empower other learning-disabled students to know that they can succeed, and provide tips for both parents and educators.”

The personal stories of 38 Wesleyan alumni are included within the book, which was published this past summer.

Coston was regarded as a pioneer when she started the Wesleyan Learning Center in 1963 and the Special Support Program for college students with learning disabilities in 1982.

She is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church and holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan and a master of arts degree from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary and Northwestern University.

She received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Wesleyan.

Coston has been recognized with numerous awards for her teaching and work with learning disabled students.

Net profits from the sale of books benefit The Phyllis Kohl Coston and Herbert R. Coston Scholarship for learning disabled students.