Cowan, Chris - Assistant Principal

Mr. Cowan's Biography
Welcome to Assistant Principal Chris Cowan's website!
C.T. Koontz Intermediate School
Assistant Principal
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 over 17 years, Pittsburgh will always be my home, and Sundays will forever be devoted to the Steelers!
The 2018-2019 school year will be my 22nd year as a public school educator and sixth 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.

Mr. Cowan
Amy and I
The Burgh
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.
In January of 2010 I resigned as Head Football Coach at VSMS, a position I retained for three years, to pursue my goal of becoming a future public school administrator.  In early August of 2012, I received my Post-Masters Certificate in Public School Administration through WCU.  
My wife Amy and I welcomed our first child, Annalee, into this world on the morning of October 31, 2010, just in time for a Steelers game that night.  Without any question, she has brought countless joyous moments into our lives ever since.
The three of us live in Fletcher with our elderly and blind dog Sadie.