NEWS‎ > ‎

Pender County Board of Education names Wilson Principal of Topsail Elementary

posted Jun 9, 2017, 5:45 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 5:46 AM ]
Pender County Board of Education names Wilson Principal of Topsail Elementary

PENDER COUNTY — The Pender County Board of Education appointed Melissa Wilson Principal of Topsail Elementary during a special meeting held June 6. Wilson, currently Assistant Principal at North Topsail Elementary, will replace Janet Redinger, who will retire June 30 after 19 years of service in Pender County Schools.

“Mrs. Wilson will be a great fit at Topsail Elementary,” said Dr. Terri Cobb, Superintendent of Pender County Schools. “With her tremendous amount of enthusiasm, dedication and experience with the Topsail schools, I’m confident she will succeed as the educational leader at Topsail Elementary. She is anxious to begin working with Mrs. Redinger in the next month to begin learning more about the school community.”

Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in school administration, both from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She brings 15 years of experience to the position, having served as a teacher, behavior support coach, coordinator of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant program, and assistant principal — the last four years of which at North Topsail Elementary. In May, Wilson was named Pender County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year.

“I’m looking forward to continuing the great things that are already in place at Topsail Elementary,” Wilson said. “It is a bittersweet feeling because I love the North Topsail Elementary community and I will miss them, but I’m excited to become a part of the Topsail Elementary community, too. I have heard so many great things about the community as a whole and I’m excited to get to know the students, staff, parents, and the traditions they have at the school.”

Mrs. Wilson lives in Hampstead with her husband, Bryan, and son, Tyler, who is currently in fourth grade at North Topsail Elementary.

A meet-and-greet event will be scheduled for students, staff, parents and community members to get to know Mrs. Wilson at a later date.