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 Principal's Letter

Dear Wilder Community:

Welcome to Wilder Elementary School! I am humbled to be the principal of a school with such a proud tradition of excellence since 1957. We were honored as a Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) School of Distinction in 2016. Our goal is to help your child reach his or her fullest potential in a safe and supported way. We offer a learning environment that engages students academically. Students learn at high levels and have fun! I want to encourage you to visit anytime and volunteer through our award-winning Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Parents are always welcome at our school. We will always give our best to your child and family because as our motto says, Wilder Wildcats always do their best!

Bill Perkins, Principal


Bill Perkins has spent more than two decades as an educator committed to students. He has experience working with students in three different levels (elementary, middle, high) as a teacher and as an administrator.

Education: B.A. Political Science, University of Louisville 1992; Master's Degree in School Counseling, University of Louisville 1999; Rank I in Education Administration, Indiana University Southeast 2003; Superintendent Certification, University of the Cumberlands 2016

Experience: Substitute teacher K-12 at Jefferson County Public Schools 1992-93; Social Studies Teacher at Doss High School 1993-2000; Counselor at Doss High School 2000-2004; Assistant Principal at Southern Leadership Academy 2004-2006; Principal at Southern Leadership Academy/Olmsted Academy North 2006-2014; Principal at Wilder 2014-present

Recognitions: Kentucky Counselor's Association(KCA) Emerging Leader Award 2001; JCPS Middle School Principal of the Year 2008; Hillard and Lyons Excellence Award winner 2014, 2019; JCPS Administrator of the Year from JCAESP/AFSCME 2016