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Meet the Administrators

Dr. Heather Freeman


          Welcome to Wilkes Central High School and the 2023-24 school year!  In serving as your principal, I could not be more proud of the strong culture of growth and #EaglePride our staff, students, and community work together to foster here at WCHS. It is an honor to serve our Eagle Nation and lead alongside each of you to best meet the personalized needs of each student, staff member, and family here at The Nest. In living out our school mission statement for ALL Eagle leaders to be CONNECTED, EMPOWERED, AND PREPARED to achieve our vision that ALL Eagles will be prepared to enlist, enroll, and/or employ after high school, we recognize the importance of working together in this Race to Unlock Potential in each one of our Eagles. After all, it takes ALL of us invested in ALL students to help them lead their own learning and meet their goals.

         Students:  Being an Eagle comes with great responsibility!  Use each day in the upcoming school year to equip yourself with the skills you need to take full advantage of the opportunities you have to grow and lead in such an amazing school. WCHS has a strong tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, fine arts, community leadership, and more, and it is up to each of you to partner with us to not only maintain that tradition of excellence, but leave WCHS better than when you first arrived. In order for you to do that, you must commit yourself to the following goals:

  1. Show up and be on time to school.  One of the most important skills you can learn in preparation for life beyond high school is that others are looking for those who are dependable, respect themselves and others, and operate with integrity. Attendance is the #1 factor in determining whether or not a student is successful in high school and stays on track for graduation. Did you know that if you have 6 absences in each class over both semesters that you are actually missing 4,320 minutes of instruction in a school year?  Having more than 6 absences in any class may result in loss of credit for that class even if you have a passing average.  Attendance matters!
  2. Commit yourself to having a growth mindset for each new challenge you have the opportunity to take on.
  3. Work to unlock the unique greatness each of you possess. In order to do this, acknowledge that greatness only comes with being challenged, capitalizing on our strengths and actively working on our areas for growth, and then learning to be resilient when we experience failure. Occasional failure and setbacks are inevitable, but how you learn to respond is what determines your ability to be successful in the end.  
  4. Unlock the potential inside of you to positively impact our school family and the world around you! Student and staff safety is our top priority at WCHS and is essential in order for ALL of us to create and maintain a school where ALL students can take advantage of opportunities to lead and grow. Therefore, please make sure you proactively explore the resources we have to assist you throughout the year and uphold the high expectations we have in place to make WCHS a safe and equitable learning environment. Our WCHS Student Handbook (see WCHS school website) is a valuable tool students and families can use to best understand how they can partner with us to maximize the potentials of ALL students throughout the year.

The 2023-24 school year will surely fly by!  So stay connected to our school by ensuring we always have up-to-date contact information for your family, following our school website, social media platforms, and signing up for Remind communications. Let’s aim for a 1st place finish in our 2023-24 Race to Unlock Potential! Our students deserve nothing less, and working closely together, we can fine-tune their potentials to be #Limitless at The Nest!  



Mrs Steelman

Mrs. Kendall Steelman

Assistant Principal 

Welcome, Eagle Family. I am excited to enter this chapter as an assistant principal for Wilkes Central High School. I come from a family of educators in this profession, and I believe relationships are the key to success. I also have a background in athletics and am a true believer in “Team work makes the dream work.” Always remember we are working together, rising to the challenge of success and  holding all accountable. This is my 17th year in the Central district for Wilkes County Schools. I truly appreciate all this community has to offer. Wilkes Central High School has a reputation of success in academics, arts and sports. As this school year begins, I encourage all staff, students and families to encourage all positive happenings at “The Nest”. Please make time each day to reflect on the WCHS mission statement, so that as Eagles we stay connected, empowered, prepared. And most importantly, 



Be sure to set goals for this school year to excel in and out of the classroom. You never know who you can encourage to safe and smart actions just by a simple hello or providing a helping hand. Please understand that my goal for this year is to be a resource to all of our Eagle Family. Thank you for your preparation in getting ready to start your engines; you are on the right track and the finish line is in sight. For as Eagles, we stay connected, empowered and prepared. 



Dr. Michael Weddington
Dr. Mike Weddington
Assistant Principal

Hello, all!  I am excited to be joining the WCHS family!  I am entering my 17th year serving Wilkes County Schools.  I spent my first 12 years as the music teacher at Mountain View, Traphill (11yrs) and Moravian Falls (1 yr).  I just finished my 4th year as AP at Central Wilkes Middle. I went to Berea College for my undergraduate degree in music, I received my Juris Doctorate from Appalachian School of Law and my Masters in School Administration from WCU.  I have been married to Jennifer Weddington (former band director of East Wilkes Middle and High and current Associate Director for Alexander Central High) for the past 16 years.  We have a 13-year-old daughter named Cadence and a 7-year-old son named Mylin.  I enjoy woodworking and playing jazz/big band music on the trumpet with the Elkin Big Band.


In coming from the middle school, it is a blessing to serve the same students that I have worked with over the past few years.  I am excited to see the students transition from their middle school years to becoming young adults.  My life has always been geared towards the idea that all of us have a role to play in community service.  From the first moment in my own classroom, 16 years ago, I realized that teaching and educating is a calling and one of the most important forms of community service.  I am humbled and grateful to be serving Wilkes Central High School.  I know that this year will provide many challenges and even more opportunities.  Please let me know if I can be of assistance to you.  Go Eagles!