New principals at Fike, Wilson Early College

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Wilson County Schools is changing the leadership at Fike High School and the Wilson Early College Academy

The Wilson County Board of Education approved the personnel changes in a closed session during Monday night’s meeting.

Nelson Johnston, 50, has been principal at the early college since 2013. He will leave that position and become the principal at Fike on July 1.

Johnson was first hired in 1992 as a teacher at Elm City Middle School. Johnston left WCS in 1995, but returned in 2005. He has served as a teacher at Forest Hills Middle, assistant principal at Springfield Middle, assistant principal at Fike High, principal at Springfield Middle and principal at Beddingfield High.

Randy St. Clair, 38, who has been the principal at Fike High School since July 2017, will leave that position and take on the job of principal at the early college on July 1. St. Clair has 16 years of experience in education and six years of experience as a principal.

Jenny Hayes, 44, principal at Stantonsburg Elementary, will leave that job and become principal of Vinson-Bynum Elementary on July 1. Wilson County Schools first hired Hayes as a Toisnot Middle teacher in 2003. She has served as assistant principal at Toisnot, assistant principal at Hunt High and principal at Hearne Elementary.

Also effective July 1, Wendy Daniel, outgoing principal at Vinson-Bynum Elementary, will take a job as an administrator at a site that has not been announced.

Daniel was first hired as a teacher at Darden Middle in 2005. She has also served as a teacher at Springfield Middle. She has been an academically and intellectually gifted specialist at Speight and Springfield middle schools.


In other business, the school board:

• approved second readings of new policies on responsible technology use, internet safety, school trips, recognizing excellence and graduation requirements.

• approved two contracts with Ready Contractors to repave the parking lots at Gardners and Lee Woodard elementary schools. The Gardners contract is for $111,698 and the Lee Woodard contract is for $132,085.

• approved the appointment of Carol White to a seat on the Wilson Community College Board of Trustees.

• approved the WCS career and technical education Local plan for the 2019-20 school year. Board Chairwoman Christine Fitch shared some of the CTE program’s highlights.

Fitch said there were 327 career and technical education concentrators who tested for Work Keys, credentials that certify the quality of their workmanship.

“There were 152 CTE students who earned career-ready status either at silver or above, but while silver or above is considered career ready, those who receive bronze certification proved to have a level of industry certifications,” Fitch said.

There were 245 of the early industry certification levels — 11 platinum, 40 gold, 101 silver and 93 bronze.

In 2018-19, CTE enrollments were 2,536 at the middle school level and 4,009 students at the high school level. Some 146 students participated in work-based learning placements during the year, including job-shadowing, internships and co-ops. Some 31 local employers worked with students and at least nine of the placements transitioned into paid positions. Five turned into full-time employment. Some 11 students were placed in the teacher internship program.


Other personnel changes approved Monday include:


• Jennifer Delano-Gemzik, school improvement grant coach, Barnes Elementary School

• Bonnie Buck, school counselor, Forest Hills Elementary School

• Carl Smith, head football coach, Beddingfield High School


• Shirley Kelly, English teacher, Wilson Academy of Applied Technology

• Tyler Brown, social studies teacher, WAAT

• Joseph Dvozenja, math teacher, Beddingfield High School

• Esther Martin-Cobb, third grade teacher, Lee Woodard Elementary School

• Andreal Taylor, second grade teacher, Barnes Elementary School

• Stephanie Brone, eighth grade teacher, Toisnot Middle School

• Merrian Hiett, exceptional children teacher, Toisnot Middle School

• Rasheda Graham, first grade teacher, Jones Elementary School

• Lestee Foye, Spanish teacher, Hunt High School

• Tanekqua Ward, first grade teacher, Winstead Elementary School

• Mary Sutherland, third grade teacher, Wells Elementary School

• Melanie Morris, social studies teacher, Fike High School

• Tineeta Barnes, fourth grade teacher, Vick Elementary School

• Patricia Metzler, fifth grade teacher, Hearne Elementary School

• Larry Jackson, social studies teacher, Fike High School

• Bethany Britt, exceptional children teacher, Wells Elementary School

• Cassandra Whitehead, fifth grade teacher, Jones Elementary School

• Timothy Kirby, computer technician II, technology department

• Marc Willis, student development coordinator, Barnes Elementary School,


• Kenneth Lee, teacher assistant, Barnes Elementary School


• Moses Michener, student support behavior specialist, Daniels Learning Center