• Willow Spring Administrative Team 2021-22

     

    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 25 years has been here in Wake County. For more than 17 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 at the mountains or 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 wmartin@wcpss.net

     

    Lessie Anderson, Assistant Principal

    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 basketball 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 landerson5@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, his two daughters, 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

     

    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 bsmith14@wcpss.net