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Mike Wilkerson is in his fourth year as the principal of Berkeley Middle School. Originally from Moncks Corner, he is a 1991 graduate of Berkeley High School, and he attended Berkeley Middle School as a student. At Berkeley High he was named “Mr. BHS” by the faculty in 1991 and graduated in the top 10 of his class. During his high school career, he was a member of the Stag football and track teams. He was chosen to play in the 1991 North-South All-Star Football Game and was named the Post and Courier’s Lowcountry Offensive Lineman of the Year.
After graduating from Berkeley High, Mr. Wilkerson attended The Citadel, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in 1995. In 2001, he received his Master of Arts in Education from The Citadel. He began his teaching career as a science teacher at Berkeley High School in 1996. From 1999 until 2007, he taught science at Hanahan High School before accepting a position as assistant principal at Goose Creek High. After five years at Goose Creek High, he was named the Principal of Berkeley Middle School in May 2012.
Mike is married to Heather Wilkerson, and they have two children in the Berkeley County School District - Kathryn, age 15, and Mikey, age 8. He enjoys golf and music, and he is an avid supporter of The Citadel athletics.
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As a student growing up in Norwalk, Connecticut, Amy Smith always knew that education was her passion. She had many teachers who inspired her along the way and made her the person she has become today. She is married to her best friend, Patrick, and has four wonderful daughters - Delaney, age 13, Jordan, age 10 Autumn, age 9, and Marley, age 4. She also plays mommy to a dog, Deuce, and cat, Fenway. She is an avid fan of the UCONN basketball team, as well as the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and the San Francisco 49ers. She and her family reside in Moncks Corner.
Mrs. Smith attended the University of Connecticut in Storrs and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations with a concentration in Adolescent and Family Counseling. She graduated in 1997 from the University of Bridgeport with a Master in Elementary Education. She relocated to South Carolina and began her teaching career in Charleston before transferring to Berkeley Middle School in 1999, where she began teaching Spanish. In 2002, she received her certification in special education and began assisting students with learning disabilities, emotional disabilities and those affected by other health impairments. She transferred to Cross High School in 2004, where she led the Special Education Department and taught both middle and high school students. In 2007, she spent the year as both a special education service provider, as well as a transition specialist, preparing students and their families for life after high school.
In 2011, Mrs. Smith graduated from The Citadel Graduate College with a second Master of Education in Secondary School Administration. She returned “home” to Berkeley Middle School in 2011 as an assistant principal. She continues to proudly work with the sixth-grade population as they transition from elementary to middle school. She also continues to work with students with special needs across all grade levels.
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Matthew Bradberry has been a life-long resident of Berkeley County. His father is a local minister in the community of Macedonia, and his parents have ministered in this community for 45 years. Mr. Bradberry also has a younger sister who is a teacher in Berkeley County. A graduate of the former Macedonia High School, Mr. Bradberry graduated from the College of Charleston in 1987. He has taught physical education and health in Berkeley County for 22 of the 25 years he has been teaching. Along with his teaching assignments in Berkeley County, Mr. Bradberry has coached at several high schools in the area, including Macedonia High School, Timberland High School, and Berkeley High School. Over the years, Mr. Bradberry primarily has coached football and girls and boys basketball, though he has also coached softball and J.V. baseball. While coaching at Macedonia, he was able to be part of a very successful boys basketball program, both as an assistant and head coach. This program won three State Championships and one State Runner-up in a seven-year period. During this time, Mr. Bradberry watched a number of students sign athletic scholarships, not only for their performance on the athletic fields, but also within the classroom.
In 1996, Mr. Bradberry helped open Timberland High, which was primarily the merger of two rival high schools. It was a tough transition for all involved, but Mr. Bradberry was heartened as he watched the students become one cohesive school body over the years. He was a teacher and coach at Timberland for 6 years until his move to Berkeley Middle School. While at Timberland, Mr. Bradberry was introduced to his future wife, who is a school teacher at a local elementary school. Mr. Bradberry married the former Wendy Futrell Panzica in 1998, and they have three children: Priscilla (Cilla), a graduate of Berkeley High School; Victoria (Tori), an tenth-grade student at Berkeley High School who enjoys singing and acting; and Matthew “Easton,” who is a seventh-grade student at Berkeley Middle School and, yes, is named after the baseball bat. The family also has three German Shepherds, two turtles, and one cat.
In 2002, Mr. Bradberry began his career at Berkeley Middle School. He was hired by Dr. Susan Gehlmann and has worked at BMS since. During his time as a teacher at Berkeley Middle, Mr. Bradberry coached football and girls basketball at Berkeley High while acting as the department chair of the exploratory department and the chairman of the Leadership Team. Dr. Gehlmann persuaded Mr. Bradberry to return to school to obtain his Master Degree in Administration. While enrolled at Charleston Southern University, Mr. Bradberry worked closely with the administration at BMS and gained a tremendous amount of knowledge during this time. He was given opportunities by his administrators that helped him grow, not only as an educator, but also as an individual. Mr. Bradberry finished his Master Degree in Secondary Administration in August 2010. This is his thirteenth year at Berkeley Middle School and his third as an assistant principal.