Assistant Principal - Mr. Cowan

C.T. Koontz Intermediate School
Assistant Principal

chris.cowan@bcsemail.org

Cell           828-552-2263
School      828-684-1295


My life began as the youngest of five children in the small town of Brackenridge, 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA. Without question, most of my earliest memories are of my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers and their 4 Super Bowls in the 1970s. Although I haven't lived there for over 20 years, Pittsburgh will always be my home, and Sundays will forever be devoted to the Steelers!

The 2021-22 school year will be my 25th year as a public school educator and ninth year as the Assistant Principal of Charles T. Koontz Intermediate.

I began my college experience by attending Old Dominion University from 1989-1992 and graduating from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 1994 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. From 1997-2000, I taught third grade 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 from 2000-2005.

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 in May 2005 was all that was needed to spur a relocation to this picturesque location of Western NC. Winning a Harley Davidson Sportster Motorcycle from Harris Teeter shortly thereafter certainly helped with moving expenses.

In July 2005, Amy and I moved to Asheville after I accepted my first teaching position in Buncombe County Schools as a 7th grade ELA/Social Studies teacher at Valley Springs Middle School. The following year I moved to 8th grade ELA/SS, and in 2007 I accepted the Head Football Coaching position.