New Brooke High School Principal Lee Weppler ready to get started

WELLSBURG – Lee Weppler is a born and bred Bruin.

The 2002 graduate of Brooke High School has been named the new principal of Brooke High School.

“I grew up in Bethany and have been a Brooke County kid my whole life,” Weppler said.

Weppler replaces Timothy Pannett, who has moved on to be the director of CTE, adult education and attendance at the county’s school board offices.

Weppler has been a part of the Brooke County school system for the past 10 years.

He started his career as a teacher in the middle school and high school, before taking the job of director of nutrition. For the past two and half years, he has served as an assistant principal at the high school.

“It is a huge honor to be in this building,” he said. “An honor to lead this school. Having grown up in this county, to be able to grow up in this tradition. There is a lot of tradition that I am looking forward to help carry on.”

Weppler said he has a lot of wonderful and supportive staff.

“I am working hand in hand with the teachers,” he said. “We are working together.”

Weppler said his goal for the new school year is to increase the presence of parents in the school.

“I want to increase parental involvement while still making this a safe and supportive place to learn,” he said. “We have great staff and faculty and parents.”

Weppler attended West Liberty University and Salem University, where he earned his master’s degree in administration.

Weppler said he is also lucky to have a supportive wife and two children behind him.

“We are going to give it everything we got,” he said.

(Neeley can be contacted at aneeley@heraldstaronline.com)