• Willow Spring Administrative Team 2021-22


    John Williams, Principal

    As a life-long learner and Wake County native, John Williams entered as a student in the Wake County School system 60 years ago.  Bus driver was his first job in the school system when students served in these jobs to transport other students to school. His next work in WCPSS was student teacher before he graduated from NCSU with a BA degree in English.  Then other jobs in WCPSS followed: substitute teacher, teacher, assistant principal, principal, senior director for high school programs, and interim principal at several schools.  A career spanning over 40 years, he brings this wide perspective to Willow Spring High as the interim principal.

    His last interim principal assignment was Apex High School, where he led the completion of the new construction there and the move from Green Level High back to its home in Apex.  Other work as principal in school construction projects includes major renovations at Garner High, opening Middle Creek High School, and the conversion of store spaces for Wake County’s first academies to help drop-out students earn a diploma in a blended learning instructional model.

    He is happily married to his college sweetheart, and they live in the Willow Spring High attendance district with their bossy cat named Keats.

    You may contact him at jwilliams10@wcpss.net.


    Eric Burleson, Assistant Principal for Instruction

    Eric Burleson is a native of Stanly County, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Elon College and North Carolina State University. Mr. Burleson is in his 21st year in education, prior to joining the Willow Spring Administrative Team, Mr. Burleson served as an Assistant Principal at Holly Springs High School for 13 years. Mr. Burleson has experience teaching middle school math and science in Guilford County, Wake County, and Stamford, Connecticut.

    Mr. Burleson loves to spend time with his wife Michelle, his two daughters Julia and Ella, and their Golden Retriever, Lilla! He enjoys running, traveling to the beach and the mountains, and cheering on the PACK!

    Mr. Burleson is excited to be a part of the opening of Willow Spring High School! He knows that a Storm of Excellence is on the horizon! He believes that WSHS will be a model for what a high school should be as it seeks to both prepare its students and serve its community.

    Mr. Burleson can be reached at sburleson@wcpss.net


    Crystal Gregory, Assistant Principal

    Crystal Gregory was born in Guilford County, North Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro & North Carolina A&T State University, and Appalachian State University. While she absolutely loves being a school administrator, she has also worked as a family and marriage counselor, non profit administrator, and grant writer before becoming an educator. While in the classroom, she proudly taught Family and Consumer Sciences. Prior to coming to Willow Spring High School, she worked as an Assistant Principal at Fuquay-Varina High School.

    She enjoys traveling abroad, tackling new experiences, and is a self proclaimed foodie. When not in school, she can be found playing in her craft room, or curled up with a good novel.

    Crystal Gregory is the proud wife to a former Agricultural Teacher and Funeral Director. Together, they have 3 children- Cayden, Addison, and Jennifer. She is excited about getting to be a part of the Storm! She sees it as an opportunity for us all to be brave, fierce, find our path in the midst of a challenge.

    You can reach her at gregoryc@wcpss.net.