Cory Johnson, Principal

With a remarkable background in education, Mr. Johnson previously devoted two years to the role of principal at Marine Science and Technologies High School (MaST) within the Carteret County Public Schools system. His career in education spans over 23 years, characterized by a steadfast commitment to fostering learning in both North Carolina and South Carolina. As a native of Iredell County, North Carolina, Mr. Johnson's roots run deep within the state, affording him a profound understanding of its educational landscape. Mr. Johnson's academic journey led him to North Carolina State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. Continuing his pursuit of educational leadership, Mr. Johnson furthered his studies at Winthrop University in South Carolina, achieving a Master of Education in Educational Leadership.  His extensive experience and dedication to the field make Mr. Johnson an invaluable asset to West Carteret High School. Mr. Johnson approaches the upcoming academic year with enthusiasm, embracing the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and families at what is widely recognized as one of North Carolina's premier high schools.

Rebecca Harrell, Assistant Principal

With 15 years of dedicated service in the field of education, Ms. Harrell's professional trajectory reflects a commitment to fostering student success and growth.  Ms. Harrell's career in education began as a 7th-grade math teacher, where she honed her teaching skills and inspired young minds. Her journey then led her to the role of a high school counselor, where she provided valuable guidance to students navigating their academic paths. Following her successful tenure as a counselor, Ms. Harrell transitioned into the role of an assistant principal, bringing her expertise to various schools and grade levels, spanning from kindergarten to 12th grade. Over the past six years, she has demonstrated her leadership and dedication in this capacity.  Ms. Harrell has found her educational home at West Carteret High School, where she is excited to contribute her wealth of experience to the school community. Her passion for education and commitment to student development make her a valuable addition to the West Carteret team.

Jake McAllister, Assistant Principal

With a wealth of experience and a profound dedication to education, Mr. McAllister joins us as an assistant principal at West Carteret High School.  Mr. McAllister's educational journey showcases his commitment to lifelong learning. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music education, as well as a master's degree in school administration from East Carolina University. His passion for nurturing student growth and development has been evident throughout his career, which spans from teaching to administrative roles, encompassing students from elementary to high school levels in Johnston County. In addition to his remarkable career in education, Mr. McAllister is a distinguished veteran, with over a decade of service in the North Carolina Army National Guard and the United States Army. His military experience includes serving in the 440th Army Band in Raleigh and fulfilling critical logistics and operations responsibilities as a noncommissioned officer with the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC. Presently, he continues to exemplify his commitment to service as a United States Coast Guard Reserve officer, actively contributing to emergency management, southwest border operations, Covid response operations, and facility inspections.  We at West Carteret are enthusiastic about having such an accomplished and devoted individual as an integral part of our school community.

John Suralik, Assistant Principal

Mr. John Suralik assumes the role of Assistant Principal at West Carteret High School, bringing a wealth of educational experience to our institution. His career has seen him serve as an Assistant Principal in Craven County at both Creekside Elementary and Havelock High School.  Prior to his administrative roles, Mr. Suralik contributed significantly as a teacher and coach at Havelock High School and as an educator at Early College EAST. His dedication to education also extends to his work as a consultant for the National Writing Project, reflecting his passion for nurturing student growth and development. Mr. Suralik's academic journey culminated in the acquisition of both his Bachelor of Science and Master of School Administration degrees from East Carolina University, a testament to his commitment to professional growth and excellence in the field of education. West Carteret is grateful to have such a dedicated and caring administrator as a part of the Patriot Family.