Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Safety/Health Education West Virginia State College Master's in Education Administration Texas Christian University Special Education K-12 Mid Management K-12
Mr. James Wellman
2009-until his untimely passing on January 5, 2017
I believe that all students can learn and are capable of doing anything as long as they believe in themselves and have some love and support coming from home. One of the greatest joys I get in life is shaking the hands of our graduates as they cross the stage and recalling the process of them getting to that point. Having that opportunity for a lot of our graduates, especially those that struggle at times going through school is what keeps me coming back each and every day. I believe that we all, teachers, staff and parents must work together to ignite in every student, the passion to learn and to reach beyond the walls of WHHS to continue to learn.
2009-Jan. 5, 2017 – Principal @ Western Hills HS
2005-2008 - Assistant Principal @ Western Hills HS
2002-2005 - Special Education Teacher @ South Hills HS
2000-2002 - Special Education Teacher @ Carter-Riverside HS
1998-2000 - Special Education Teacher & Coach in Burleson ISD @ Burleson HS
1991-1998 - Taught and Coached in West Virginia
* Married to Stephanie & have one son, Franklin Payne
* Grew up in Kenova, WV (pop. 2000), w/2 brothers and 2 sisters
* Avid golfer & follow Marshall University.