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 Heather Acrey
Heather Acrey is joining the administration team at Wakefield after serving the Wakefield community for four years in our special education department. After three years of teaching in N.C. in various special education settings, Ms. Acrey relocated to Charleston, S.C. for four years where she worked primarily with students with Autism and moderate disabilities. Ms. Acrey earned her bachelor's in special education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In 2017, she completed her Master's in Education Supervision and Administration at the University of South Carolina before returning to N.C. and beginning her career as a Wakefield Wolverine.
Assistant Principal Catina Cain
Catina Cain began her career in education in 2013 through North Carolina Teacher Corp. She served in various roles at Hillside High School Business and Finance Academy including CTE Department Chair, International Baccalaureate instructor, and MTSS facilitator. Prior to a career in education, Ms. Cain worked as a leader in corporate and nonprofit organizations such as IBM and Project HomeStart. Ms. Cain's inspiration for education comes from her grandparents' sacrifices for their family in rural S.C. One of the standing mantras for her life is Dr. Maya Angelou's famous quote, "Once you get, give and once you learn, teach." She is honored and excited to work with a community of passionate and driven students, teachers, and families at Wakefield High School who is committed to achieving success for everyone in the building.
Assistant Principal Ryan Cummings
Ryan Cummings begins his second year as an assistant principal at Wakefield High School. Mr. Cummings, a Syracuse, NY native, earned a BA degree in Psychology from Syracuse University. He also earned a Masters of School Counseling and Masters of School Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Cummings began his career in the Wake County Public School System as a school counselor at Middle Creek, Panther Creek, and Wakefield high schools. His primary duty for the 2021-2022 school year is to serve as the ninth grade administrator.
Assistant Principal Travis Duncan
Dr. Travis Duncan returns to Wake County and the Wakefield community as one of the Assistant Principals for 9th Grade. He began his Wake County career at Fred J. Carnage Magnet Middle School as a teacher and then Assistant Principal at Wakefield Middle School. Dr. Duncan served as Assistant Principal with Durham Public Schools at Lowe’s Grove Magnet Middle School as well as the COPE Administrator. He also served as Assistant Principal for Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools. His teaching background is in science, English, and reading intervention. Dr. Duncan received his Bachelor’s from Radford University in Virginia, and his Masters from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. In 2019, he completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was Assistant Principal of the Year finalist, twice, with Durham Public Schools. He presented his paper on instructional and cultural leadership around literate practices and instruction at the ICUE (International Conference on Urban Education) in 2019.
Jameil Floyd received a bachelor's degree in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and two master's degrees: the first from the University of Florida in Sport Management and the second from Florida International University in Educational Leadership. He is best known for his teaching of advanced mathematics. He has taught a wide range of subjects from Algebra 1 to AP Calculus AB/BC and has served on district level committees to create & select instructional support resources for Franklin County Schools (NC) & Miami-Dade County Public Schools (FL). He recently served as an instructional coach for mathematics in Miami, Florida. Mr. Floyd is extremely excited about joining and supporting Wakefield High School as Assistant Principal.
Assistant Principal Beth Keefer
A native of Danville, Virginia, Beth Keefer received her Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University. She began her teaching career at Bartlett Yancey High School in Yanceyville, NC before relocating to Northern Virginia where she taught in Fairfax County Public Schools. In 2002, she joined the faculty at Millbrook High School, where she taught for fifteen years before graduating with her Masters of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Keefer has been an assistant principal at Wakefield High School since 2019 and loves being part of the Wakefield Schools Community. She enjoys gardening, reading, and baking in her free time, as well as spoiling her dog, Lucy.