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Meet the Administrators

Mrs. Cleary Dr. Weddington
Rodney Graham
Assistant Principal
Carol Cleary
Assistant Principal
Mike Weddington
Meet Mr. Graham: Meet Mrs. Cleary: Meet Dr. Weddington:

Mr. Graham was born in Wilkes County and with the exception of the three years spent serving in the U.S. Army he has lived in Wilkes County all of his life.   He attended Lincoln Heights School and later finished his primary grades at Fairplains Elementary. He is a 1976 graduate of Wilkes Central High School.   

Mr. Graham spent a great part of his life in the business sector working for Lowes, Northwestern Bank, First Union bank, and owning his own business franchise.  He began his educational career as a substitute teacher. He later accepted a teaching assistant position and served in that position at North Wilkesboro Elementary School for thirteen years.  In 2014 Mr. Graham felt strongly that education was his calling in life and decided to pursue a teaching degree. He obtained his associates degree from Wilkes Community College and went on to attend Lees-McRae College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  Mr. Graham obtained both his master’s in elementary education and add on licensure for school administration from Gardner-Webb University. Before his first administration assignment, Mr. Graham taught fourth and fifth grade at North Wilkesboro Elementary. He has served as assistant principal at Millers Creek Elementary, Wilkesboro Elementary, and West Wilkes High School.  Mr. Graham’s first principalship appointment was at Wilkesboro Elementary School where he just completed his fourth year.

Mr. Graham believes that his most important job as a building administrator is to advocate for and promote the growth and success of students and teachers.  He considers himself to be a servant leader, never asking someone to do something that is not willing to do. He seeks to inspire and empower others to be great and to do great things.  Mr. Graham believes that great things are best achieved through strong relationships, partnerships and collaboration.

Mr. Graham has been married to his childhood sweetheart Cathy for 42 years.  They have three children, two sons-in-laws, and four of the most beautiful, handsome, and adorning grandchildren ever.  His faith is of utmost importance to him and church is a big part of his life. He plays piano and is blessed to be able to provide worship music for multiple churches.  Mr. Graham is a huge Duke Blue Devils fan.

Mrs. Cleary is a proud native of Wilkes County, North Carolina.  She attended C. B. Eller Elementary School (when it was still K-8) and graduated from East Wilkes High School.  After high school, Mrs. Cleary worked in the manufacturing industry for Vaughn-Bassett and Weyerhaeuser companies in Elkin, NC for several years. Mrs. Cleary obtained her Associate in Arts through Surry Community College and was an honors graduate (Alpha Chi Honor Society) when receiving her Bachelor of Science in K-6 Education from Lees McRae College in 2005.  Mountain View Elementary School is where Mrs. Cleary began her educational career as a third-grade teacher. She went on to teach third and fifth grade a C.B. Eller.  While at C.B. Eller, Mrs. Cleary achieved National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2011.  This same year, Mrs. Cleary applied to North Carolina Principal Fellows.  After acceptance, she spent the next two years studying school administration at Western Carolina University. Her degree was conferred in 2013.  Going back into the classroom at Mountain View Elementary, Mrs. Cleary taught for two years before transferring to East Wilkes Middle School to teach 8th-grade math and science.  Mrs. Cleary was hired as an assistant principal at Central Wilkes Middle School and has been honored to serve the Falcon Family since January 2016.


Mrs. Cleary has been married for 27 years and has four amazing grown children, one precious grandson, and three canine fur babies.

Dr. Michael Weddington in a native of Central and Southwest Virginia. He attended Berea College in Kentucky and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. After taking a year off, Dr. Weddington attended law school at Appalachian School of Law, in Grundy Va., where he was elected the Chief Justice of the schools Honor Court, earned the Willard Owens Award for Excellence in Community Service, was one of only a few students to receive the Lawyer as a Problem Solver certification and graduated with his Juris Doctorate. After graduation, Dr. Weddington began teaching elementary music in Wilkes County at Mountain View and Traphill Elementary Schools. In his final year of teaching (2017-2018), he taught at Mountain View and Moravian Falls Elementary.  Dr. Weddington is the newest member of the Central Wilkes Middle administration. Go Falcons!


Dr. Weddington is married to Jennifer Weddington, East Wilkes Director of Bands, and has two wonderful kids.


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