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Wilson to lead Concord Christian School

Dr. William “Bill” Wilson locked the doors at West Valley Middle School for the last time this spring, but will be back at the helm of another school when the doors open at Concord Christian School in August.

Wilson has been named headmaster and director of weekday education at CCS. Two principals for the K-8 school will serve under Wilson.

“I’ve been a Christian educator in a public school for 33 years, and now I will get to practice those Christian values in a Christian environment and I’m very excited about that.”

“I am so excited that God has put First Baptist Concord and Concord Christian School in His plans for my life,” Wilson said.

“When I announced my retirement in January, I didn’t know at that time what He had in store for me, so I stepped out in faith, knowing that He was planning something special. I never imagined it would be this special. The staff and family of First Baptist Concord have overwhelmingly welcomed me and Judy and are caring for us in such a godly way,” he added.

He and his wife, Judy Blair Wilson, a music teacher at Tate’s School of Discovery and a long-time church pianist, have two sons: William Chandler Wilson, III, a CPA with Pershing/Yoakley Associates and Alexander Blair Wilson, a seminary student at Gardner-Webb University.

“We are excited to announce that we are expecting our first grandchild later this year,” Wilson added.

Wilson said he was raised Southern Baptist, and his mother has been a Farragut resident and member of First Baptist Concord for many years.

“I’ve had two sisters baptized here, and two were married here,” he said. His son and daughter-in-law also have been members for a number of years.

“We are excited to have Dr. Bill Wilson join the staff of First Baptist Concord and Concord Christian School,” said Dr. Doug Sager, senior pastor at First Baptist Concord. Wilson’s philosophy of ‘putting children first’ matches our own. His experience and expertise will not only take our school to the next level, but more important, this ministry of First Baptist Concord.”

Wilson graduated with a degree in elementary education from Carson-Newman College and taught in Knox County, beginning at Ritta Elementary School in 1972, which was a K-8 school, like Concord Christian School. He moved to Powell Middle School and taught sixth-grade science from 1984 to 1986, then to Farragut Middle School, where he served as assistant principal from 1986 to 1997. Wilson was principal at West Valley Middle School from 1998 until 2006.

“Now I’m back in elementary, where my heart was to begin with,” he said.

Concord Christian School has grown from grades 1-3 in l996 to a school of 390 students, 30 teachers and a preschool population of about 300. CCS is accredited both by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Association of Christian Schools International.

Wilson said he’d like to “grow” the middle school at CCS, which currently has about 100 students. “I feel like I’ve got a lot to bring to the table because of my recent middle school experience.”

Wilson said his philosophy of education has been to make the best decision for the welfare of the student, regardless of the circumstances. He said he has always tried to seek God’s wisdom and guidance in all situations.


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