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Our Leadership


Dr. Peggy J. Hester, Principal

Dr. Hester has worked in education for twenty-three years.  After teaching history and working as an instructional technology facilitator in Robeson County, she transitioned into the role of Assistant Principal at West Bladen High School.  In 2016, she became the principal of West Bladen High School.  In 2018, she was selected as the Bladen County Schools Principal of the Year.  Dr. Hester has earned two master’s degrees, an Educational Specialist degree, and her doctorate.  Dr. Hester lives in Bladenboro with her husband and two children.  


Joey Autry, Assistant Principal

Mr. Autry re-birthed his career with Bladen County Schools as an Exceptional Children's teacher at Bladenboro Middle School in August 2021. In 2023, he became one of the assistant principals at West Bladen High School.  His degrees and certifications include a master's degree in Physical Education and principal licensure.




Celeste Lennon, Assistant Principal

Ms. Lennon has served as an educator in Bladen County Schools for over 20 years in several capacities.  In 2013, she was named Bladen County's Teacher of the Year.  She is dedicated to lifelong learning and is excited to be part of the Knight family.