Lora Austin

Lora Austin, Principal
Hello, Walter Johnson Middle School! We are all BUZZing with excitement for this 2022-2023 school year to begin. We will offer many new experiences this year that bring Learning to Life. We will work this year to really be the AUTHORS OF OUR STORIES and ready to share ALL that the Jackets are learning with our community.

A little bit about me… I am a mom of two lovely daughters, Keely and Hannah, and the wife of Chuck Austin. We live in the “one-stop sign town” of Collettsville. I am a Tar Heel and a Mountaineer, and a middle-level educator. I am thrilled to serve the Walter Johnson Middle School Community where I taught when the school opened. This is my fourth year as principal of Walter Johnson Middle School. I’m so excited to serve this wonderful community of learners.

WJMS has been GROWING students like no other! I know that we will build on that tradition. Let us be patient and understanding of each other during this time of learning and experiencing together. Please reach out to me if you have any questions at (828) 430-7340. GO, Yellow Jackets!

Jerry Robinson
Jerry Robinson
Assistant Principal

I am a native of Fayetteville, NC. My family and I reside in Valdese, NC. Prior to becoming an administrator, I taught middle school and high school band for 14 years between Cumberland County, Durham Public Schools in NC, and Richland School District One in South Carolina. I have taught AP Music Theory, Fine Arts Appreciation, General Music, Jazz Band, Marching Band, 8th-grade math, guitar, and AP Testing Coordinator. I am currently in my 2nd year as an AP at Walter Johnson Middle School.

I am a graduate of TI University of North Carolina at Greensboro-School of Music wIre I majored in Instrumental Music Education with a focus in Trumpet. I received my master's in Executive Leadership Studies from Gardner-Webb University. I am a current student at Gardner-Webb University earning my Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

I am married to Ginger Jones-Robinson who is also an educator. I have one amazing 3-year-old daughter, Maya Robinson. I enjoy spending time with his family and performing when I have the opportunity.

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