Principal Candace Wilkes is a native of Cobb County and a graduate of North Cobb High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Social Studies Education, and Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from Kennesaw State University. In addition, she holds a Specialist Degree in Education Leadership from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She has worked in public education for 29 years.
Candace Wilkes began her teaching career at Cass Middle School where she taught English and social studies. She moved to the Cobb County School district in 1996, teaching English and social studies at Lost Mountain Middle School and then Durham Middle School. In 2005, she moved into the role of Instructional Lead Teacher, where she worked to guide teachers to deliver quality instruction at Barber Middle School. This position transitioned to an Area Lead Teacher for the school district.
In 2008, she began her administrative career at the newly established Allatoona High School and continued in this role until 2012, when she was promoted to Principal at Lost Mountain Middle School. She led Lost Mountain Middle School for 6 years. In 2018, she was named the Principal at Allatoona High School, where she has served for the past 2 years. She is married to Phil Wilkes, who was also a teacher, coach and principal in the Cobb County School District until his retirement in 2015. You will frequently find both of them enjoying and supporting the Allatoona Athletic Teams during their seasons.