Chad S. Beasley of Mount Airy has been inducted into the Reich College of Education’s Rhododendron Society at Appalachian State University.
Beasley was honored along with T.R. Richards of Winston-Salem and Bill G. Rhinehart of Melville, New York, July 25 during a ceremony on campus.
The honor recognizes Appalachian alumni for their exemplary service as teachers, librarians, human service professionals or administrators. It is the highest honor given by Appalachian’s Reich College of Education.
Beasley worked in management and sales for seven years before returning to college to pursue a career in education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Appalachian in 1986, teaching certification in 1997 and a master’s degree in school administration in 2003. He currently is enrolled in the Ed.D. program at Gardner-Webb University.
Beasley has served as a teacher, principal and school administrator in Surry and Stokes counties.
He began his teaching career as a marketing education teacher at Mount Airy High School, a position he held from 1994 to 2003. He also coached football, wrestling and baseball and served as the school’s career development coordinator. He served as assistant principal from 2003-08. In that role, he promoted the use of technology to enhance instruction and guided the professional learning communities process.
In 2008 he was named principal at Jones Intermediate School, where he continued to promote technology to enhance student learning, including the use of Smart Boards, computers in the classrooms, and on-line-research programs. Under his leadership, end-of-year test scores improved from a passing rate of 64 percent to more than 80 percent.
He left Mount Airy City Schools in 2012 when he was named director of middle and high schools for Stokes County Schools. He serves as curriculum director, career and technical education director, professional development coordinator and dropout prevention coordinator, among other duties. He also is the liaison between Stokes Early College and Forsyth Technical Community College.
He recently completed the state’s two-year Superintendent Fellows Program, an initiative to increase North Carolina’s pool of potential superintendents.
Beasley’s honors include being named Wachovia Principal of the Year in 2009, and completion of UNC Greensboro’s Executive Leadership Program in 2010.
Currently, Beasley is a member of the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the North Carolina Association of School Administrators, and the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium for Curriculum Directors. He also serves on the advisory board for Stokes Early College/Forsyth Technical Community College, The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, and the Board of Directors for the King Chamber of Commerce.