Mr. Parke Wilkinson

Principal - Rome High School


I am honored to be the principal at Rome High School. I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama (1995); an M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College (2004); a certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama (2006) and an Ed.S in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama (2008).

After teaching in Florida and Dekalb County, I was hired to teach 5th grade at East Central Elementary School in 2001. After teaching for several years, I was named assistant principal at East Central Elementary and then shortly after became an assistant principal at Rome High School.

I’ve had the privilege of working with tremendous teachers, outstanding students, and wonderful families at Main Elementary, East Central Elementary, Anna K. Davie Elementary, and Rome Middle School while leading these fantastic schools.

I look forward to working with the families, teachers, and students at Rome High School. I understand the expectations of Rome High School. We are a school that provides quality academics, arts, and athletics. Rome High School has earned numerous awards for tremendous academic achievements.

My favorite quote is by George Washington Carver. He said, “When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at


Mr. Corey Lawson

Associate Principal - Rome High School


I am humbled and blessed to serve as your Associate Principal at Rome High School. I hold a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Southern University at New Orleans and a Masters of Education in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans. I have been a school leader for over two decades having served in Georgia for the past 22 years. I bring a wealth of experience to this role as a Professional Educator. I have expertise and instructional leadership skills that have earned the schools that I have served many accolades, distinctions and awards.  I am committed to fostering a positive and dynamic learning environment that aligns with the values upheld at Rome High School. I am here to serve, support and lead with an open door and open minded approach. 

My background includes roles as a Principal, Head of School, Assistant Principal, School Improvement Specialist, Department Chair, Head Coach, Teacher and Mentor.  I possess a deep understanding of effective educational practices and a passion for student success and community connection. My leadership style is characterized by a focus on collaboration, growth, innovation, and fostering a positive and safe school culture.

In addition to my professional background, I am proud to have the love and support of my family. I am a husband to the lovely Tere'sha who is also an educator and father to 3 phenomenal adult daughters Kaitlyn, Colbie and Chloe. I enjoy learning, traveling, outdoor cooking, gaming and spending time with family and our dog, Chief Teddy. 

Although I am new to Rome, I have embraced the community and look forward to serving for years. 

Corey Lawson

Ms. Jamie Branson

Assistant Principal - Rome High School


Jamie Branson is an accomplished educational leader with a strong commitment to academic excellence. Currently holding the position of Assistant Principal at Rome High School, she serves as the Curriculum and Instruction Administrator and AP Coordinator. With over 12 years of experience in the field of education, Jamie initially excelled as a dedicated mathematics teacher, teaching students ranging from 9th to 12th grades.

Throughout her career, Jamie Branson has demonstrated her proficiency as a content leader in various subjects, showcasing her expertise and dedication to advancing both pedagogy and student learning outcomes. Her leadership extends to facilitating numerous professional development sessions, focusing on instructional strategies and the implementation of differentiated instruction methods.

Jamie's educational journey began at Georgia College and State University, where she earned her BA in Mathematics in 2010, while also being a college soccer player. Subsequently, she continued her academic pursuits at the same institution, obtaining her MAT in 2011. Driven by her passion for advancing her expertise, she pursued an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on teacher leadership at Valdosta State University, completing the program in 2015. Most recently, Jamie successfully attained her Tier 1 leadership certification at the University of West Georgia.

Outside of her career, Jamie finds joy and fulfillment in her personal life. She and her husband, Michael Branson, have been happily married for a decade, and together, they have two sons, Jordan and Beckett. Embracing the welcoming community of Rome, they enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere.


Ms. Khalilah Dulaney

Assistant Principal - Rome High School


Khalilah Dulaney was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and has worked in education for 16 years. Six of those years have been at Rome Middle School.  She has her Master’s in Secondary Teaching from Lewis and Clark University and she gained her Bachelors in English Literature while studying at Grambling State University and Portland State University. Khalilah is passionate about education and has completed the Tier I Leadership certification at the University of West Georgia. Outside of education, she enjoys quality time traveling and gardening with her husband, Demetrius, with whom she shares 4 wonderful children. She is overjoyed to be an Assistant principal at Rome High School! She believes that communities strengthen when students are successful, so she is happy to do her part in making that so. 


Mr. Matt Dunn

Assistant Principal - Rome High School


Matt Dunn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with minors in History and P.E. from Maryville College (2005).  Additionally, he holds Master’s degree in Technology in Education from Lesley University (2010).  He is currently enrolled in the Tier 1 Leadership Cohort through the University of North Georgia.

Matt Dunn has been a Rome City School employee since 2006.   All teaching experience has solely been with Rome City Schools.  He worked at Rome High School from 2006 to 2010 teaching Social Studies.  He then went to the Phoenix Performance Learning Center in 2010 and remained there until 2023 teaching Social Studies and Business.  He also served as the PLC Chair from 2020 - 2023 and was the Program Manager of the PLC / RTA during the last semester of 2023.  He currently is an assistant principal at Rome High School and head wrestling coach.  He is grateful for the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and parents in his new role and is excited to start this next chapter in life.

Matt Dunn is married to Ellen Dunn and has three step-children.  Their names are Charlotte, Mary, and Isaac.  Some of his interests include exercise, reading, traveling, gaming, heavy metal music, anime, and gardening. 


Ms. Kim Vaughn

Assistant Principal - Rome High School


Kimberly "Kim" Vaughn is a Rome native and a proud product of Rome City Schools.

Prior to returning to RCS, Vaughn served as the middle school assessment coach in Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia. During her tenure at FCPS, she designed curriculum and facilitated professional development for teams and departments. Kim has held various roles within Atlanta Public Schools, Cobb County School District, Rome City Schools, and Grambling State University. Her experience includes teaching health and physical education, and dance, and serving as a department co-chair, veteran observation teacher, assistant artistic director, and coaching multiple athletic teams.

Vaughn holds an educational specialist and leadership in educational leadership from Old Dominion University, as well as a master's degree in sports administration and a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Grambling State University.

Kim is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and she enjoys traveling, yoga, and all things sports.

Favorite Quote:

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Coach Chris Boden

Athletic Director - Rome High School


Coach Chris Boden was born in Detroit, MI, and raised in Tawas City, MI. Educationally, he graduated from Tawas Area High School in 1986. He attended Saginaw Valley State University and received his bachelor’s degree in business management in 1990. He received his master’s degree in 1994 at CentralMichigan University in Physical Education and Sport. He will receive his educational specialists’ degree in coach pedagogy in physical education in December 2021. He has been married for seventeen years to his wife, Jennifer. They have a son, Brett (11). Brett will be a sixth-grader at East Central Elementary this fall. He plays football and travel baseball for the 11u Charlie Culberson Bandits. Jennifer owns a house cleaning service in Rome and is a consultant for Rodan & Fields skincare products. Coach Boden began his 30-year coaching career in the fall of 1991 at Central Michigan University. He was a graduate assistant for the Chippewas where he coached, taught classes, and attended grad school. His coaching career continued when he took a full-time position as the quarterbacks and receivers at Urbana University, OH in 1994-1995. He then coached at Valdosta State University from 1996-2003. He then became the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M-Commerce in 2004, where his offense set several school records. From 2005-2009, he was the Head Coach at NCAA Division II Northern State University, SD. His final collegiate coaching position was as the offensive coordinator at Ferris State University, MI from 2010-2011. His high school teaching/coaching career began at Tift County High school, GA where he was the offensive coordinator and PE teacher from 2012-2014. He was the offensive coordinator at Rome High School, GA from 2015-2020, where he helped the Wolves win the 2016 and 2017 State Championship and set the state of Georgia’s single-season all-time scoring record. He was named the Athletics Director at Rome High School in the fall of 2021

Photo of Coach Chris Boden.