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Ronald E. McNair High

Dekalb County Schools



Mr. Harold Walker, Principal
Mr. Harold Walker is a native of Jonesboro, GA, and a graduate of Jonesboro High School. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Clayton State University. He began his career in education through Clayton County Public Schools at Morrow High School in 2013. In that role, he served as a Marketing education teacher and was soon appointed as the content lead for the county. In 2016, Mr. Walker transitioned to Aldie, VA, and was a Personal Finance, Economics, and Marketing educator at John Champe High School. It was during this time that his passion for leading and administration was sparked. Mr. Walker was given the opportunity to work closely with the administration in his school, as well as being a summer school administrator for the feeder schools.

Mr. Walker returned to Georgia in 2018 and had the pleasure of working for Dekalb County Public Schools. This position was short-lived, as he was appointed as Assistant Principal at Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County in 2019. For five years, he played a critical role in maintaining a safe and orderly school environment. He supported teacher professional development and instructional improvement efforts within the school, as well as organized parent involvement activities, facilitated communication between the school and parents, and engaged community stakeholders in school events.

Mr. Walker is elated to return to Dekalb County Public Schools to serve as the Principal of Ronald E. McNair High School. Through his visionary leadership, strategic planning, and collaborative efforts, Mr. Walker will foster a culture of partnership, inclusivity, and mutual support. His leadership philosophy is all students can and will learn at high levels when surrounded by loving and competent adults.

Mr. Walker and his wife, Kaylia Walker, are the proud parents to Kierson and Harrison. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, traveling, and spending time with his family.
As the late, great, Kobe Bryant once said, “The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real.” He is dedicated to McNair High School, and ready to take this school and community to new heights.

Dr. Barbara Long, AP Attendance & Testing
Dr. Barbara Long  is a native of Tifton, Georgia, known as "The Friendly City" and "The Reading Capital of the World" She received her B.A. in English and M.ED. in English Education from the University of Georgia in 1990. Dr. Long later pursued her Educational Leadership certification at Georgia State University. She earned a Ed.S. and Ed.D. from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida. 

Dr. Long began her career in Gwinnet County at Norcross High School working as a Language Arts teacher. She moved to DeKalb County and worked as an English/Language Arts teacher at Ronald E. McNair High School for eleven (11) years. She began serving in administration in 2007 at Avondale High School, before returning to her beloved Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School in 2012. She is a proud Mustang!

Dr. Long resides in DeKalb County and is the mother of two handsome sons, Deric Jr. and Brian Christopher. She is a proud and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Decatur Alumnae Chapter), as well as the DeKalb Branch of the NAACP.


Mr. Kevin Ware, AP Discipline

Kevin Ware is an educator and mentor that began his work with youth as a Paraprofessional and middle school football coach in the DeKalb County School district in 1995. In 2005, Kevin began working as a Youth Coordinator with Mayor Shirley Franklin’s Next Step Program, where he supervised thousands of Atlanta’s youth at job sites and internships throughout the city. He also assisted Atlanta Public Schools seniors with the college application process and scholarship searches. After becoming a Program Coordinator with Communities In Schools of Atlanta in 2009, Mr. Ware began working more intensely with at-risk high school students, as he mentored and assisted hundreds of students with improving behavior, increasing attendance, and excelling in the classroom. Mr. Ware has assisted many students with securing admission into college, academic scholarships, and athletic scholarships. Presently, he is serving as Post-Secondary Transition Specialist in the DeKalb County School district where he is charged with empowering students to gain post-secondary knowledge and access to the tools necessary to help achieve their educational and personal goals, while contributing in a global society as productive citizens. He earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of West Georgia. He later attended Mercer University to complete courses in Middle Grades Education, before earning a Master’s of Education in School Counseling.

Mr. Ware worked as a Student Support Specialist at Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School from 2017 until 2021. In this role he continued his enthusiasm of assisting students to be the best versions of themselves. He has coordinated many community service projects and events such as Black National AIDS Awareness parade and fundraiser, Big Brother/Big Sister Mentoring Program, McNair High School Male Empowerment Day, and the annual McNair High School College Fair, in which the 2015 fair resulted in 46 college acceptances and over $230,000 in scholarship offers. Mr. Ware is passionate about having a positive impact on the lives of young people and providing them with the necessary tools needed to become dynamic leaders in society.

Mr. Ware is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Coca-Cola Scholars Program Selection Committee, and the 100 Black Men of DeKalb County. He resides in Mableton, GA with his wife, Dr. LaVerne Ware and is the proud father of Kristen and Kaylan Ware.

Dr. Marcia Wingfield, AP Instruction

Dr. Marcia Wingfield is a native of Decatur, GA and graduate of Columbia High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education from Bethune-Cookman University where she was a proud member of the Marching Wildcats.  

Dr. Wingfield began her career in Henry County Schools as an English teacher. Wanting to serve her community, she transitioned to DeKalb County School District in 2008 where she served at Miller Grove High School as the Junior Class Sponsor, 9th Grade Academy Team Leader, and English Language Arts Department Chair. Wanting to foster her love for dance, she also served as Auxiliary Sponsor at McNair High School with the Marching Mustangs Band from 2006-2008.  

Dr. Wingfield was called to serve her beloved McNair Community again in 2013 as the Literacy Academic Coach. In this capacity, she focused her efforts on improving the academic success of students as it relates to literacy. Believing that education cannot be separated from culture, she was instrumental in organizing various cultural experiences for students. Dr. Wingfield earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University in 2018. Before being appointed Assistant Principal of Instruction at Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School, she served as Assistant Principal at Miller Grove Middle School.  

Her husband Cedric and their son Stephun are proud graduates of Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School. Thus, she is fully committed to providing a positive and productive school experience that equips students with the tools to be successful. She is a proud mother and resident of DeKalb County.   

“Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve” – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune