Principal Malik Bazzell
Malik Bazzell has been a professional educator for 17 years and a product of Wake County Public Schools. He graduated from East Wake High School and attended Fayetteville State University where he attained a BS degree in Social Studies Education. Mr. Bazzell taught Social Studies at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, NC and Fuquay Varina High School in Fuquay Varina, NC from 1998-2003. In 2003, Mr. Bazzell graduated from NC State University with a Master’s degree in School Administration and started his career as a school administrator at Sanderson High School where he was an assistant principal for 6 years. In 2009, he moved to Washington, DC to become principal of Anacostia High School and returned to Wake County in 2010 to be principal of his alma mater East Wake School of Integrated Technology. While principal at East Wake School of Integrated Technology, Mr. Bazzell increased student college and career readiness and worked closely with staff members to raise East Wake School of Integrated Technology’s graduation rate from 69% to 86%. In 2015 Mr. Bazzell was named principal of Wakefield High School.
Assistant Principal Beth Keefer
A native of Danville, Virginia, Beth Keefer received her Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University. She went on to teach English in Wake County for fifteen years before graduating with her Masters of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Keefer enjoys gardening, reading, and baking in her free time.
Assistant Principal Curtis Harris
Curtis Harris is in his fifth year as a school administrator, all in the Wake County Public School System. Prior to his arrival at Wakefield HS he served as Assistant Principal of Instruction at Longview School, where the graduation rate was raised 600% in his tenure. Mr. Harris was born in Los Angeles, Ca. and moved to Brevard, N.C., where he graduated from Brevard High School. After receiving an athletic scholarship to Montreat College, Mr. Harris earned his Bachelors in English, with a concentration in literature. Mr. Harris continued his education at N.C. State University, where he received a Masters in New Literacies Global Learning, as well as his Masters in School Administration from N.C. Central University. Prior to his career as an administrator, Mr. Harris served as an English teacher, then instructional coach at Mary E. Phillips high school, also in Wake County.
Assistant Principal Michelle Gordon
Ms. Gordon is originally from NY, went to college at Old Dominion, Arizona State, and Appalachian State University. She has been a special education and general education English teacher for 15 years. Her focus has always been on practices and policies that ensure all students have an equitable access to a high quality public education.