North Wilkes High School Alumni
Q: Year graduated from North Wilkes:
Q: List any education/degrees beyond high school:
A: B.S. in Mathematics with a Concentration in Secondary Education (ASU, 2002)
Master's in School Administration with a Principal Licensure (K-12) (ASU, 2015)
Q: List Professional/Career Experience and why you chose your career path:
A: Upon graduation from ASU in 2002, I began teaching at Starmount High School in Yadkin County. I taught there for a total of 12 years. I began my administrative degree and started work at Wilkes Early College High School as the assistant principal in the fall of 2014. After one year at WECHS, I moved to work as the assistant principal at West Wilkes High School. I served there for 3 years prior to moving into the role of principal in the fall of 2018. I am currently serving as the principal of WWHS. This is my 16th year in education.
Q: If you could go back and give yourself advice as a high school student, what advice would you give and why. What advice would you give to high school students today?
A: Advice for myself as a high school student: Enjoy every moment. These four years will fly by and the memories you make here will last a lifetime! The things that take place over the next four years will continue to shape your life as you move beyond high school. Treasure the friendships...once high school is over, life takes turns for all of us. Some people/friends you will see again and some you will not, so be kind...to everyone!
Advice for high school students today: High school is a stepping stone to your future and a very important one. Take courses that you think might be of interest to you as a career. Take advantage of the opportunites afforded to you via AP courses, college courses and extra-curricular activities. Enjoy every moment, embrace every success, view every 'failure' as an opportunity for growth and betterment of yourself. Be kind...to everyone!
Q: How has your NWHS education and experiences positively impacted your life?
A: My experience at North High was a wonderful one. Friday night football games, Pizza Hut after the games, hanging out in the courtyard at lunch every day, struggling to get my bat bag into the bottom locker that I paid extra for so I wouldn't have to make two trips to my car each day (crazy, I know). I had several teachers during my 4 years that inspired me to become an educator. Mrs. Robin Brown was my Geometry and AP Calculus teacher, Mrs. Sharron Huffman always gave out candy for making an A on her tests, Ms. Caroline Lovette and Ms. Jean Stetler were two amazing coaches that forever shaped my life and continue to impact the way I talk with students and how I deal with complicated situations. There were so many adults in the building that worked hard every day to make sure that students enjoyed their experience but left with knowledge that would help them in their next steps of life. That is the role of a teacher...to motivate, support and prepare students.
Q: Any additional information about family, career, etc you would like to share?
A: I married Timothy (we met in the halls of NWHS) in 2000. We have three children. Corban is 14 and is a freshman at NWHS this year, Justin is 9, Caydence is 7 and they attend Mountain View Elementary School.