Assistant Principal
    

C.T. Koontz Intermediate School
Assistant Principal

chris.cowan@bcsemail.org

Phone 828-684-1295


My life began as the youngest of five children in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Without question, most of my earliest memories are of my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers and their record 4 Super Bowls in my younger days. Although I haven't lived there for almost 20 years, Pittsburgh will always be my home, and Sundays will forever be devoted to the Steelers!

The 2016-2017 school year will be my 20th year as a public school educator and fourth year as the Assistant Principal of Charles T. Koontz Intermediate. I began my educational journey by attending Old Dominion University and graduating from Duquesne University in Pittsbugh in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. During some time away from formal schooling, I learned some life lessons, and I decided it was time to get on with my life's work and pursue a career in public education.

In 1997, after graduating from Duquesne University with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education, I set off for Williamsburg, Virginia to begin my first teaching assignment. I taught third grade for three years before I realized the sleepy hamlet was not enough action for young adulthood, and I ventured to Northern Virginia in search of a teaching position in Fairfax County. At Laurel Ridge Elementary, I taught third and fifth grades for five years.

It was in 2001 that I met my future wife Amy while attending a Widespread Panic concert in Atlanta, Georgia, and soon afterward I convinced her to move from Boulder, Colorado to Fairfax, which was no easy feat. Living in the fast pace of NOVA took its toll on our souls, and we longed for the mountains and a slower pace of life. A Widespread Panic show in Asheville was all that was needed to spur a relocation to this picturesque location of Western NC.

Prior to moving to Koontz as a fifth grade ELA/SS teacher for the 2011-12 school year, I was employed at Valley Springs Middle School for six years, beginning with an assignment in the seventh grade and then taking over a position as an eighth grade ELA teacher the following year. It is hard to believe that my first group of kids graduated in 2011 and many have now graduated from college.