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Wilson named principal at WJMS

posted Apr 25, 2016, 6:47 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 6:47 AM ]
             Dr. Brett Wilson has been named principal of Walter Johnson Middle School. Wilson has been a teacher, assistant principal and principal since joining Burke County Public Schools in 2008. He has most recently served as principal at Hildebran Elementary School.

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam said, “Congratulations to Dr. Wilson on becoming principal at Walter Johnson Middle School. Dr. Wilson brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge and has proven himself a leader in our school system. I am excited about this opportunity for him to lead at Walter Johnson and to have a positive impact on the Walter Johnson community like he has had on the Hildebran community.”

Prior to his move into school administration, Wilson taught secondary mathematics and coached in both Vance and Burke counties. He holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from North Carolina State University, as well as a master’s of school administration and a doctorate in educational leadership, both from Western Carolina University. He has achieved National Board Certification in secondary math with an adolescent/young adult focus. Wilson has served as a lead teacher for the North Carolina High School Turnaround initiative, as a mathematics representative for the Howard Hughes Math/Science program at Duke University and is a graduate of Vance County’s Teacher-Executive Institute. He has presented at conferences on educational leadership at both the regional and state level. 

Wilson said, “I am grateful to have been selected as the new principal at Walter Johnson Middle School. I am excited to be given the opportunity to grow professionally. I want to thank the staff at Hildebran for the care and dedication shown for students throughout the three years I have been blessed to serve the Hildebran community. While I will miss Hildebran, I am excited to be joining the Walter Johnson family.”

Wilson resides in Valdese with his wife, Kristin, and their three children, and he enjoys serving in his church, reading and spending time outside.

Putnam said Wilson will split his time between Hildebran and Walter Johnson for the remainder of the school year, and the search for the next principal at Hildebran will start soon.


Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
(w) 438-2989 | (c) 432-6212