Every institution needs leadership.  Willow Bend Academy has a highly qualified staff of veteran leaders.

Ed Pilkington, Superintendent and President


Contact at ep@willowbend.academy or ep@willowbendacademy.com

Ed Pilkington holds Bachelors and Education Specialist Degrees from the University of Arkansas and a Masters Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University. Additional graduate work has been completed at the University of Arkansas and at the University of Tulsa. He has many years of experience both with teaching and administration from elementary school through college.


Tena Pilkington, Founder and Co-OwnerTenaPilkington

Contact at: tenapilkington@yahoo.com

Tena Pilkington holds a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of North Texas.  She has over 25 years of classroom experience with both elementary and high school students including students with physical and emotional disabilities.



Connie Hayes, Principal, Lewisville campus


Contact at: chayes@willowbend.academy or chayes@willowbendacademy.com

Connie Hayes holds a Texas principal’s certification and a Masters degree in Education Administration from University of North Texas.  She also holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education from University of Tennessee. She has a wealth of experience with leadership and curriculum development, training and teaching at the university, middle and high school levels.



Dr. Peter Berner, High School Principal, Plano campusDrPeterBerner

Contact at: pberner@willowbend.academy or pberner@willowbendacademy.com

Dr. Peter Berner holds a Masters of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  He also has over thirty years of teaching experience at both high school and college levels.



Kevin “KC” Cook,  Middle School Principal, Plano CampusKCCook

Contact at: kcook@willowbend.academy or kcook@willowbendacademy.com

Mr. Cook holds a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies with a focus on Education, from Criswell College and a Masters of Educational Leadership Degree from Dallas Baptist University.  He has been in public and private school education for over 12 years.



Tammy Booth, Chief Financial OfficerTammyBooth

Contact at: tbooth@willowbend.academy or tbooth@willowbendacademy.com

Tammy Booth attended Texas A&M University. She has 30 years of experience in accounting and human resources management with both private and public companies. In addition, she has served as interim accountant for a non-profit charity organization, and is currently involved in community service for at risk kids.