A high school teacher and basketball coach is moving to a middle school for an administrative position, effective immediately.
“We are excited to be naming Levi Goins as assistant principal of Mount Airy Middle School,” said Dr. Kim Morrison, Mount Airy City Schools superintendent.
This is the next step in a journey Goins started last December when he was selected to take part in a Leadership Academy at High Point University.
Goins coached the boys’ varsity basketball team for five seasons.
“Coaching is a leadership-centered job,” he said as he entered the academy. “So I guess it seems like the logical next step for coaches.”
Mount Airy City Schools called the High Point leadership program “an extensive program that will prepare candidates to become principals who will return to their home districts.”
Goins graduated from Mount Airy High in 2002. He then attended the UNC Chapel Hill where he graduated with a B.S. in biology and minor in chemistry in 2006.
He went on to earn his teaching certificate in 2009 through the UNC Educational Licensure Program after working as a research lab technician at the UNC Neuroscience Center. He is currently working toward his masters in educational leadership from HPU.
Goins started his educational career in 2008 teaching biology and ecology. In 2009, he returned to Mount Airy High School as a teacher. Over the past eight years he has taught honors biology, chemistry, and honors physics.
In addition to teaching, he has worked to develop curriculum for science courses as North Carolina transitioned to the Essential Standards. Goins was voted by his peers as the 2014 Mount Airy High School Teacher of the Year and went on to become the district Teacher of the Year.
Goins also has taken on leadership roles at the school and district level. He has served as the professional learning community facilitator for his department as well as department chair. He is the RCR/DOW Chemical STEM Ambassador and has served as the STEAM Academy lead teacher for the district.
“He went through a rigorous process to be selected as the High Point University candidate in the leadership program last year. He competed against aspiring administrators in our region and won a spot,” noted Morrison.
“We know that Mr. Goins has been an outstanding teacher and coach for Mount Airy City Schools. I have complete confidence that he will also be an outstanding administrator given all of his skill, talent, and ability,” she said.
“We are excited to welcome Mr. Goins to the administrative team at Mount Airy Middle School,” said Olivia Byerly, MAMS principal. “His vast knowledge of curriculum and comprehensive leadership and management skills will help Mount Airy Middle School effectively serve every child, every day.”
Goins said he is looking forward to this next chapter in his career.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work with the staff and students at Mount Airy Middle School. The school has tremendous resources, and I look forward to providing support to the school and the community in a new capacity.”
Levi is married to Emily, and they have two children: Maizey and Junah.
He is replacing Nathan Soule who accepted a job closer to his family.
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