Meet our Administration

    The Sanderson High School Administrative team is a 5-member group. We work together to provide instructional supports, initiatives, building management, logistical direction, and overall organization within our building. We are committed to ensuring that every student feels safe and supported during their high school experience.

    Photo of Admin team. Pictured from left to right are Ms. Carter, Mr. Ausley, Ms. Drouhard, Ms. Pendergraft, and Mr. Brown.


  • Tara Drouhard

    Departmental Supervision: Student Services, Intervention, and Media 

    Phone: 919-881-4800
    Email: tdrouhard@wcpss.net

Assistant Principal (Student Management: Last Names A-D)

  • Kimberly Carter

    Departmental Supervision: SPED, Fine Arts, and Math 

    Phone: 919-881-4800 ext. 24864

    Email: kcarter2@wcpss.net

Assistant Principal (Student Management: Last Names E-K)

  • Stephen Ausley

    Departmental Supervision: Social Studies, Health/ PE, AFJROTIC

    Phone: 919-881-4800 ext. 24809

    Email: sausley@wcpss.net

    Background: Mr. Ausley is a North Carolina native. He has over 15 years of administrative and secondary leadership experience. He has worked in just about every aspect of schools and enjoys working with young people. He believes all students have the capability to do well. He never thought of himself as an Assistant Principal in high school, but enjoys this role and helping students.

    Favorite Books:  Field of Dreams, WB Kinsella and Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling.

    Favorite Quote: "If your actions inspire others to learn more, think more, do more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams

    In Mr. Ausley's free time he enjoys spending time with his family! He also enjoys golfing and traveling!

Assistant Principal (Student Management: Last names L-Ra)

  • Trenton Brown

    Departmental Supervision: English, CTE, and AOF

    Phone: 919-881-4800 ext. 24810

    Email: tbrown15@wcpss.net

    Background:  Mr. Brown is a proud product of the Williamsburg County public school system in SC. As a youth, he discovered his calling and passion for education. The pursuit of education led him to Benedict College in Columbia, SC where he earned a BA in education. After many illustrious years as a classroom teacher, Mr. Brown advanced his studies at UNC Pembroke where he earned his masters degree in school administration. 18 plus years serving as an educator and practitioner has enabled Mr. Brown to build lasting impressions and relationships with students, teachers, and parents.

    Apart from school, Mr. Brown loves spending family time with his wife and beautiful children. They enjoy the outdoors. Mr. Brown spends time competing in races- half marathon, 5ks, 10ks. He loves boxing and weightlifting. Mr. Brown is also an avid reader, reading across genres. He enjoys documentaries and non-fiction writing.  Mr. Brown's favorite authors include Dean Koontz and John Grisham.

Assistant Principal (Student Management: Last Names Rb-Z)

  • Katherine Pendergraft

    Departmental Supervision: Science, World Languages, and ESL

    Phone: 919-881-4800 ext. 24808

    Email: kpendergraft@wcpss.net

    Background:  Mrs. Pendergraft has lived in NC for about 20 years, but grew up in Arizona where most of her family still lives. She and her husband live in Durham where they purchased a fixer upper, so those DIY home projects is how they spend much of their spare time!  Mrs. Pendergraft earned her undergraduate degree from NC State and masters from Appalachian.  She began her career in WCPSS 13 years ago as a high school Social Studies teacher and spent ten fantastic years in the high school classroom. In 2017, she began a new position in Intervention and Testing. Mrs. Pendergraft is so excited to join Sanderson and looks forward to continuing the Spartan legacy! 

    Favorite Book: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

    Favorite Quotes: "History, an inexhaustible fund of entertainment and instruction." -J. Madison

    "It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." -Epictetus 

    In her spare time, Mrs. Pendergraft enjoys spending time walking on the American Tobacco Trails in Durham with her dog and spending time outdoors. She also enjoys attending live performances of contemporary jazz.

  • Senior Officer Chad Warren

    School Resource Officer

    Phone: 919-881-4800 ext. 24852

    Email: chad.warren@raleighnc.gov

    Officer Warren is a Senior Raleigh Police Officer who is assigned to Sanderson High School as the School Resource Officer. Officer Warren is a native to the Raleigh area and began his law enforcement career in 2008. After graduating from college and obtaining his associates degree in Criminal Justice, he joined the Raleigh Police Department. He was assigned to the Northeast district for 14 years. In 2022, he graduated from the North Carolina Justice Academy's School Resource Officer Program and became the School Resource Officer at Sanderson High School. Officer Warren works hard every day to ensure that the students of Sanderson are safe, and improve school security. He teaches classes on issues such as drugs, gangs, safety, and driving laws. He also engages in discussions about police actions and perceptions of law enforcement in the community. Officer Warren was awarded the Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the year in 2013. Officer Warren is also assigned to the Raleigh Police Departments Crisis Negotiation unit.