Mr. Butler has been in education for over 18 years. During his time in education he has been a classroom teacher, curriculum coach, magnet program director, assistant principal, and principal. He has been a school leader for the past 10 years of his career becoming an administrator at the age of 29.
During his leadership his schools have received national and state recognition. While Principal of Roanoke Valley Early College (RVEC) his school was rated the number 12 high school in NC and the 148th school in the National. Under his leadership his school increased students on grade level from 33.9% to 71.4% in just two years. He graduated over 95% of all his students, and 100% of each of his graduating classes were accepted into post-secondary institutions. In 2016 he was awarded the President’s Award for Halifax Community College, and in 2007 he was Teacher of the Year for Ferndale Middle School and runner-up for middle school teacher of the year for all of Guilford County. He has lead schools in both NC and Newark, NJ. He has his bachelors in Political Science, Masters of Education, and Specialists of Education degrees all from UNCG. He enjoys his family, UNC basketball, and his dogs, Giorgio and Yoshi.
Ms. Wade has dedicated over 18 years of her life to educating and inspiring students in NC. During her tenure, she has served as Classroom Teacher, School Counselor, Communities in Schools coordinator, Athletic Director, and Coach. She is a graduate of East Carolina University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and Capella University and has her masters in both school counseling and educational leadership (school administration). Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends and camping. She has been a proud member of the Carolina Phoenix Women’s Tackle football team for more than eight years, and has won a world championship with the Carolina Phoenix. She is a proud mom of three children. Ms. Wade enjoys making lasting impacts for all students, and can be found daily in the halls of PCHS meeting the needs of our students.
Ken Free Jr.
Ken Free, Jr. has been with PCHS since the beginning in 2015. He is entering his third year as the schools Director of Athletic. Along with athletics, Coach Free also teaches logic and is the head boy varsity basketball coach. Since becoming AD, PCHS athletics has grown with 11 varsity programs for girls and boys. The school has also earn four state championship titles in Volleyball, Swimming, Track and Field and Boys Basketball which repeated as state champs this past year. Coach Free is a graduate of Page High School in Greensboro; received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina A&T State University in Economics and then graduated from North Carolina Central University School of Law. He is married to Michelle Fletcher, a current district court judge in Guilford County, and they have one son, Kenneth Free, III (Trey).
Director of School Operations
Ms. Jackson has been an educator for over 30 years and currently working on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She has an extensive background in educational research and evaluation as well as administration, with over 14 years as an administrator in urban and inner city schools. She has also served at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for nearly 4 years with a focus on professional development and supporting low performing schools and districts in the North Central and Northeast regions. Her strengths also include, school finance and budgeting, curriculum and instructional design, assessment and data analysis and coaching support for teachers and administrators.