Mr. Bowers is a native of Charlotte, NC and attended CMS schools until his sophomore year in high school. After graduating from Albemarle Senior High, Mr. Bowers enlisted in the United States Navy and served aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Kitty Hawk stationed out of San Diego, CA. During his time on board the carrier, the USS Kitty Hawk was deployed in support of several overseas operations, including Operation Desert Shield, Operation Restore Hope, and Operation Southern Watch.
After completing his active military service, Mr. Bowers attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Secondary Education and graduated with the distinction of magna cum laude. He began his career in education as a Social Studies Teacher at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC in the fall of 1998. After successfully completing seven years of teaching and coaching, Mr. Bowers became an Assistant Principal at Parkwood High School in Union County in the fall of 2005. In 2008 he was named Principal of Piedmont High School in Union County and served in that capacity until 2012.
Mr. Bowers holds a Master’s in School Administration from Gardner Webb University where he graduated summa cum laude and is currently pursuing his Educational Doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Jonathan and his wife, Julie, reside in South Charlotte with their two children Zane and Camden.
Mr. Bowers is honored to serve as the third Principal of Weddington High School and anticipates building upon the many successes that the school has achieved. He is quoted as saying “We have a great foundation in place with the stakeholders at Weddington High School and collectively we will continue to make our school an exceptional place of learning.”
Dr. Joyce Dunlap
Dr. Dunlap is an Assistant Principal at Weddington High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Winthrop University, a Masters Degree in School Administration and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Gardner-Webb University.
Dr. Dunlap began her career as a science teacher at Monroe High School. She taught Biology, Honors Physics, and Earth Science and all levels of Chemistry. Dr. Dunlap served as Science Department Chairperson, Chemistry and Physics Alliance facilitator, and as a member of the Effective Schools Committee. During her tenure as a teacher, Dr. Dunlap was named Teacher of the Year three times, Time Warner Star Teacher, Monroe Jaycees' Outstanding Young Educator, and received the third place award for Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher from the Piedmont Section of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Dunlap also received teacher research positions from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Argonne National Laboratory in Bolingbrook Illinois.
Mr. Gore is an Assistant Principal at Weddington High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Livingstone College.
After his business experience he made the transition to education. He began his teacher career at West Rowan Middle School in 1994. He taught health and coached football, basketball, and track for 10 years. While teaching at West Rowan Middle School, Mr. Gore began taking graduate classes for his Masters in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mr. Gore then moved to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in the fall of 2004 and taught Physical Education at Nations Ford Elementary School for 3 years.
Upon completing his Master degree, Mr. Gore became the Assistant Principal at Davidson IB Middle School where he worked for one year. Then he worked at Piedmont Middle School in CMS as the Assistant Principal for 3 years. After leaving Piedmont Middle, Mr. Gore went to Northwest School of the Arts where he worked until coming to Weddington High School in the fall of 2013.
Mr. Gore will begin pursuing his Educational Doctorate at Gardner Webb University in the fall of 2014.
He is the proud father of two children Brandice and Maxxwell. Mr. Gore enjoys playing golf, reading a good mystery, and hanging out at the beach.
Mr. Leake found his way to Weddington from Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. An Assistant Principal at Ardrey Kell, Mr. Leake helped open the school for its inaugural 2006-2007 academic year. In the five years prior, he taught Exceptional Children at Providence High School (also in CMS). Before becoming an administrator, Mr. Leake earned Highly Qualified Status in K-12 Special Education for Science, Mathematics, English, and Social Studies. While at Providence, however, he taught primarily Biology, Earth Science, and Algebra. Mr. Leake also served as Secretary for the School Leadership Team, Assistant Coach for the Women's Basketball Team, and Teacher Representative for the Character Education Committee.
Mr. Leake received his B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While teaching in Charlotte, he studied at night to earn a Masters in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition to education, Mr. Leake has worked as a nurse aide in both operating room and long-term care settings. He earned certification as an Emergency Medical Technician in 2002.