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LHS welcomes new assistant principal


LakelandHigh Schoolis looking for a seamless transition as it brings in a new assistant principal, Chris Wilkins. Wilkins will start moving into the school this summer, leaving the Viking New Tech School in Huntington, Ind.

Wilkins has been with the Huntington North High School’s new tech branch for two years, and taught at Huntington for six years. Prior to that, he taught in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in California.

Wilkins was an advocate to bring new tech to Huntington. However, unlike LHS, the Viking New Tech is a separate school from the high school. “Here it is a full school conversion. It has its advantages,” Wilkins said.

Wilkins applied for the post at Lakeland partly to reunite with a former teacher – Eva Merkel, who taught biology when Wilkins was at Bishop Dwenger High School in Ft. Wayne.

Merkel is excited to have Wilkins joining Lakeland. “He comes in already knowing Project Based Learning and what it looks like,” Merkel stated. That knowledge will help with the transition as the school continues down the New Tech road.

Wilkins is looking forward to building new relationships with the staff and students at LHS, and has been overwhelmed with the welcome he has received. Coming from a school that had 1,900 total students, with 200 enrolled in the new tech area, he is moving to a school that is smaller overall. He sees the smaller size making it easier to build relationships with the staff and students.

“I’m real excited to be here. I’m looking forward to bringing my new tech ideas to share here at the Lakeland Leading EDE. But they’ve done an amazing job already,” Wilkins said.