Goins received the award in a surprise presentation at the school.
“Mr. Goins has a leadership style that demands respect from those around him without being harsh or overly strict,” said Dr. Phil Burchfield, superintendent. “He lays out his expectations for students and staff and holds those around him to a very high standard of achievement.”
This year, CJHS is a Star school, the highest possible academic ranking a Mississippi public school can achieve.
“We have so many great principals in our district, it really is an honor to be chosen for this award,” Goins said. “I need to thank the teachers at CJHS. I think this award is possible because of the hard work and accomplishments of the great teachers we have at Clinton Junior High.”
Goins began his career in education in 1996, when he served as a teacher at Carver Middle School in Raymond. He came to the Clinton Public School District in 2000, as assistant principal of Clinton Junior High, and in 2003 was named principal.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in education degree from Alcorn State University and a Master of Science degree in education administration from Jackson State University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree.
Student achievement is at the top of Goins’ list of priorities, Burchfield said.
“Mr. Goins is an outstanding administrator who brings excellence to all he does,” Burchfield said. “Having the opportunity to work with him for the past three and a half years, I can truly say his relentless passion and his relentless effort sets the tone for CJHS. He is absolutely deserving of this honor, and I believe he will represent us well on the state level.”
Goins was chosen for the honor by other principals and assistant principals throughout the Clinton Public School District. As Administrator of the Year, he will go on to represent CPSD in the state Administrator of the Year recognition program hosted by the Mississippi Department of Education in the spring.
Goins, a 1991 Cleveland High School graduate, is the son of Jordan and Gloria Goins of Cleveland.