Jonathan D. Matthews, Principal
I am a native of Fayetteville, NC where I graduated from Terry Sanford High School, the same high school alma mater as the world famous hip-hop artist J. Cole. After high school, I attended East Carolina University and am a two-time graduate of the university. I graduated as a NC Teaching Fellows Scholar in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education (percussion), and then later obtained my Master’s Degree in School Administration in 2013. I was recently named the Principal at Bertie High School and began my tenure here on July 1st, 2022. Before coming to Bertie High School, I was an administrator at Topsail High School for five years where I managed building operations, transportation, school safety, and discipline for the school, which served nearly 1,600 students and employed over 120 staff members. While at Topsail High School, I also served as the administrative liaison for the MTSS and PBIS Teams, as well as the Social Studies, Science, Foreign Languages, and Fine Arts departments, where I provided mentorship and instructional leadership.
Before becoming a school administrator, I taught band throughout eastern North Carolina, most recently at South Central High School in Winterville, where I worked diligently for six years until 2017 to grow the band program. Prior to teaching at South Central, I also taught band at New Bern High School and Southwest Onslow High School. As a lifelong learner, I am currently enrolled at Liberty University, where I am pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with an expected completion date in 2022. Through my work at Liberty University, I have gained membership in the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society and the Omega Nu Lambda National Honor Society. I am also a proud member of the Rho Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where I fervently serve my local community.
As the principal at Bertie High School, I am driven and passionate, and intend to use my position to help others around me be successful. As an educational leader, I believe the purpose of leadership is to galvanize the individual strengths of others and to support the needs of constituents through meaningful relationships and collaboration with all stakeholders to inspire and influence the mobilization of those individuals toward the common goal of student learning. I am so excited to be a part of the Bertie County community and am looking forward to a great school year at Bertie High School where the Falcons will “Go hard, and fly high!”