Marshall Gasperson, director of human resources, career and technical education, and auxiliary services for the Watauga County Schools, has been appointed principal of Watauga High School effective today, March 13th.
“Mr. Gasperson brings a wealth of experience in education, great integrity, a passionate commitment to students, and a strong work ethic to the role of principal of Watauga High School,” said Superintendent Dr. Jones. “I have complete confidence that he is the right person for this job and that both our students and our personnel at the high school will benefit from his leadership.”
In addition to his recent position as director of human resources, career and technical education, and auxiliary services, Gasperson has served one year as an assistant principal at Watauga High School, six years as a teacher at the high school, four years as a teacher and coach in the Wilkes County Schools, and three years as director of student services and safe schools for the Watauga County Schools. Gasperson has completed a bachelor’s degree in history education, a master’s degree in school administration, and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership, all at Appalachian State University.
“I am truly humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve as principal of Watauga High School,” said Gasperson. “Our faculty, our facilities, our families, and the strength of our prek-eighth grade schools give us an exceptional foundation for success here, and I will do everything I possibly can to build on this foundation and make our high school the best in the state. There is no reason to expect or to accept anything less than excellence in any aspect of Watauga High School.”
Gasperson succeeds Principal Michael Wyant, who is taking a leave of absence for personal reasons after three and a half years as principal. Dr. Jones expressed appreciation for Wyant’s contributions during his tenure as principal, noting that the high school has continued to post strong student test scores, implemented a wealth of new instructional technology, and increased the graduation rate over the last four years.
Gasperson’s successor, Stephanie Weeks, was named the new director of human resources on Wednesday March 14.