Willow Spring Administrative Team 2023-24
Wade Martin, Principal
Wade Martin is a native of New York but has lived in North Carolina since 1994. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta and North Carolina State University. Mr. Martin’s entire educational career of 26 years has been here in Wake County. For more than 18 years, he has served as a school administrator for WCPSS. Mr. Martin was a teacher at Enloe High School, worked as an assistant principal for Needham Broughton High School and as principal at Martin GT Magnet Middle School and Middle Creek High School. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Superintendent for School Choice, Planning and Assignment for WCPSS before being named as the founding principal for Willow Spring High School.
Mr. Martin enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters who both graduated from Middle Creek High School and their doodle Rosie! Watching Premier League Soccer, hiking & walking, and spending time in the mountains or at the beach keeps Mr. Martin busy in his free time.
Mr. Martin could not be prouder to serve the community as the founding principal of Willow Spring High School. Building a deeply connected community to support a personalized learning experience for WSHS students will be his focus as the Storm begins in August 2021!
Mr. Martin can be reached at email@example.com
Lessie Anderson, Assistant Principal for Instruction
Lessie Anderson is a native of Raleigh, NC, and a product of WCPSS, GO CAPS! She is also a two-time graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ms. Anderson has over 20 years of experience in education as a high school math teacher, adjunct instructor, education consultant, instructional coach, and school improvement coach in NC, SC, AL, and NY. Most recently, she served as an Assistant Principal at Middle Creek High School.
Ms. Anderson enjoys spending time with her family (Levi and Laden), watching movies, traveling, and being a sports mom.
Ms. Anderson leads with the belief that all students deserve a quality education. She is excited to witness the power of “The Storm" and how personalized learning will transform the classroom experience for each and every student.
Ms. Anderson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lindsay Anderson, Assistant PrincipalLindsay Anderson has been in Wake County since she was 2.5 years old and is a product of WCPSS. Ms. Anderson is a two-time graduate of North Carolina State University and East Carolina University. Ms. Anderson is in her 18th year of education with WCPSS. Prior to joining the Willow Spring High School Administrative team, Ms. Anderson worked at East Garner Magnet Middle School for 12 years as a Behavior Support Teacher and Cross Categorical Resource Teacher and has most recently been a Coordinating Teacher for the Special Education Services Policy Team for the past five years. Ms. Anderson did her administrative internship at Needham Broughton High School.Ms. Anderson loves to spend time cooking, playing games, and watching shows and movies with her family and her German Shepherd/Corgi mix, Brady. She enjoys reading, walking, hiking, jogging, gardening, going to music concerts, and traveling pretty much anywhere!Ms. Anderson is thrilled to join the Storm community and be a part of building the school and community of Willow Spring High School! She believes that every student can achieve success and will support all students on their path to graduation and the future they desire. #WeWillMs. Anderson can be reached at email@example.com.For the 2023-24 school year, Ms. Anderson works with students with the last names A - CNoland Hicks, Assistant PrincipalNoland Hicks is a native of New Bern, NC, and a graduate of New Bern High School. Go Bears!!, He is also a graduate of North Carolina Central University and East Carolina University. Mr. Hicks has over 20 years of experience in education. Mr. Hicks has 10 years of experience as a high school social studies teacher at New Bern High School and has served as a school administrator for 13 years in Pamlico, Jones, Warren, and Wake Counties.
Mr. Hicks relishes time with his wife, daugher and three sons. Mr. Hicks loves to travel, read, and enjoy family activities.
Mr. Hicks is excited to join The Storm family and looks forward to the opportunity to be a part of building the Willow Spring High School culture. Mr. Hicks believes that to have a successful school we must all work together to ensure that the needs of students are being met. Mr. Hicks further believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to empower children with the creative, intellectual, and critical thinking skills necessary for them to become academically, socially, and emotionally successful future citizens.
Mr. Hicks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the 2023-24 school year, Mr. Hicks works with students with the last names D - Hi
Michael MacGovern, Assistant PrincipalMichael MacGovern graduated from the University of Akron in Ohio with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. He received a Master's Degree in Special Education at East Carolina University is a National Board Certified Teacher, and received a Master's of School Administration Degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He taught for nine years at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, NC and coached JV/Varsity football for 12 years in Ohio and North Carolina. Mr. MacGovern served as an Administrative Intern at Murrayville Elementary School and North Garner Middle School and as an Assistant Principal at East Garner Magnet Middle School. Mr. MacGovern has been an assistant principal for the past 7 years at Needham Broughton Magnet High School in Raleigh. He is a proud parent of a daughter named Quinn.Mr. MacGovern enjoys spending time with his daughter, watching football and going to the beach during his free time.Mr. MacGovern is ecstatic to begin a new chapter with "The Storm" family and believes in putting staff and students first. Mr. MacGovern's mantra is to get 1% better every day.Mr. MacGovern can be reached at email@example.comFor the 2023-24 school year, Mr. MacGovern works with students with the last names Ho - Mi
Sara Rohleder, Assistant Principal
Sara Rohleder grew up in Connecticut but has called North Carolina home since 2007. She is a graduate of Binghamton University in New York with a degree in Biology. A few years later she earned her Master’s in Education and taught high school Biology for 15 years, 12 of those years in Wake County. In 2020, Mrs. Rohleder graduated from North Carolina State University with a Master’s in Educational Leadership. She has been an Assistant Principal at Leesville Road High School for the past 3 years.
Mrs. Rohleder enjoys spending time with her family and fur babies. In her free time, she enjoys camping, boating, gardening, and the beach.
Mrs. Rohleder is excited to join the Storm community. She is looking forward to working with everyone to help bring out the best in every student.
Mrs. Rohleder can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the 2023-2024 school year, Mrs. Rohleder works with students with the last names Mk - Sc
Barry Smith, Assistant Principal
Barry Smith is a native of Wake County, NC and a product of WCPSS via Fuquay-Varina High School. Roll Bengals! He attended college at Wake Tech, UNCW, and NCCU. Mr. Smith has 8 years of experience in public education and over 20 years of experience working with youth through various church ministries. Prior to joining the Willow Spring High administrative team, he served as an assistant principal intern at FVHS and a social studies teacher at Sanderson High School. Mr. Smith believes that teaching has brought him some of the greatest joys of his life.
Mr. Smith is at his best when he’s spending time with his wife, Shmeka, and his 2 daughters, Jhamariah and Essence. He spends his free time watching movies, exercising, writing, teaching himself to play the piano, and traveling throughout the country. So far, his favorite destinations are Los Angeles, CA and any beach he steps foot on.
Mr. Smith counts it an honor and privilege to be a part of history and join the Storm community during its opening year. He is proud to return to and serve the community that he is a product of. He is an advocate of building strong relationships with all stakeholders as well as setting high expectations. Mr. Smith believes that all students deserve to have someone who cares for them and is willing to help them reach their full potential and beyond.
Mr. Smith can be reached at email@example.com
For the 2023-24 school year, Mr. Smith works with students with the last names Se - Z