New Principal

by | Dec 21, 2023 | Education, Online Exclusives

Jessica Bellflower brings extensive experience to her role as principal at Topsail Annandale Elementary School.

With Melissa Wilson leaving her job as principal at Topsail Annandale Elementary School to become Pender County Schools’ director of human resources, Topsail Annandale has a new principal as of December 18. New Principal Jessica Bellflower has a wealth of experience in education and a passion for fostering academic excellence and is eager to lead the school to new heights.

Previously serving as the principal of Berkeley Preparatory Academy, a K-8 charter school in Charleston, South Carolina, Bellflower has successfully overseen the education of approximately 800 students.

Her dedication to educational innovation is underscored by her hands-on experience teaching both Wit and Wisdom and Eureka Math Squared as a classroom teacher. Furthermore, she has served as an instructional coach during the first year of implementing these programs, contributing to their successful integration into the curriculum.


Bellflower holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s in educational leadership and special education directing from the University of Northern Colorado. Her leadership in her role for the past three years has garnered admiration and success within the school community.

“I am thrilled to join Topsail Annandale Elementary, an extraordinary school community,” Bellflower says. “It is my goal to continue the tradition of excellence here.”

Bellflower’s first day on campus was December 18. She worked alongside Wilson through December 20, the final day before winter break.

Bellflower and her husband, Tony, along with their two dogs, Jack Daniels and Mako, are relocating to the Wilmington area. Excited to be closer to extended family, the couple enjoys exploring the beach, trying new restaurants, experiencing new breweries and sharing a passion for sports. As an Ohio native, Bellflower spends her weekends cheering for the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds. Her favorite personal hobby is cracking open a new book.

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