Mr. Wilson Joins FLC as Assistant Principal


Modesty Padin

FLC’s newest member Mr. Anthony “Tony” Wilson started his first day on January 22, 2018. Taking on the role of Assistant Principal, he is stepping into the spot left empty by Nicole Lee after she accepted the job as Principal in December.

Newly hired Assistant Principal Mr. Wilson stands outside of his new office. Staff photographer Anannya Kundu. Note: a previous print version of this article mistakenly named the photographer as Bwe Ku.

Assistant Principals ensure the school run smoothly by helping with staffing, security matters, hallways, the lunchroom, instruction, and special education. Wilson has been a Special Ed. teacher before: “I actually started in special education because I volunteered at the special Olympics as a high school student and I still continue to coach…special Olympic swimming.”

Wilson is currently 60 years old and was born in Hamilton, Ontario but grew up in State College, Pennsylvania. “My parents came to the United States when I was about two years old, so I am actually an immigrant.” Wilson’s father was an engineer and his mother was a teacher. “I failed basic calculus and thought engineering might not be the right track and then I switched to education.”

Wilson has been an Assistant Principal with the School District of Philadelphia since 2000, most recently at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School. Having worked at many schools in his career, he is excited about the possibility of working at a magnet school. Two of his children graduated from Carver (Engineering and Science) and his daughter graduated from CAPA. “I know the qualities of a magnet school and I [am] excited about the opportunity to work and help other young people to follow the footsteps of my kids.”


Author: Modesty Padin