Cornelius Wade is one of the newest teachers here, having just arrived in Raleigh this summer. Before teaching Honors American History II and Honors Psychology at Leesville, he taught History at Laney High School in Wilmington. Before teaching, Wade studied History and Education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Wade has wanted to be a teacher since the first grade. “I decided I wanted to do something like my dad was doing,” Wade said. “He was a minister, and teaching and talking to people and helping others, so I made that call pretty early.”
Wade said his favorite things about Raleigh are “the people and the opportunities to go out and do something, if it’s music festivals or going to a concert, or just going out to just see what’s going on in the community has been a lot of fun.”
When asked about his favorite part of history, he said, “The leadup to the Progressive Era, the Gilded Age, where everyone was experiencing life in different ways, and we saw that big gap between the rich and the poor, and then as we get to the Progressive Age, we try to mend that gap and try to bring this country together.”
Most historians think talking to “any world leader” would be fascinating. Wade would enjoy meeting Alexander the Great in particular. He said: “Because of his ideas of conquering and taking over, and trying to lead, but not being the best administrator, when it comes to paperwork.”
Lastly, Wade said, “[I am] excited to be here, excited to see what we can do in this school year” and that “we have a lot that we can strive for, you know, as a group, as a community, I hope we’re just there to support one another, throughout the school year.”