Meet Our Principal

Christopher Goins - Founding Principal of Noble Butler College Prep

Christopher Goins has a gift for excellent leadership and a passion for helping students achieve things that seem unimaginable. He is the Founding Principal of Butler College Prep, a campus of Noble Network of Charter Schools located on the far South Side of Chicago. Butler College Prep provides an academically challenging curriculum focused on the arts and social justice. Christopher’s commitment to education, social justice advocacy, and the arts is integral to the school’s mission of creating social justice advocates and change agents for their community. 

Chris is a 2016 Surge Fellow and was awarded the 2015 Mayor Rahm Emmanuel Principal Achievement Award. Butler College Prep was recognized as the 2015 highest performing, predominantly African American high school in Chicago.

Chris began his career in education at Dudley High School in his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina. Over six years, he worked in a social justice mentorship, participated in a CNN feature with his students about government discrimination, and was recognized as Guilford County’s 2006 Teacher of the Year. 

He spearheaded music organizations at North Carolina A&T State University, where he served as Head Drum Major of the renowned Marching Machine, and president of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. While in Greensboro, Chris served as the Assistant Band Director and coach of the UMOJA Male Step Team, the Four Time National High School Step Show Champions and winner of BET’s 106 & Park National Step Competition.

In 2006, Chris relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio as the Deputy Director and Step Instructor at W.E.B. DuBois Academy, where he co-authored a grant application that resulted in nearly $1 Million in federal funding. Chris went on to teach Freshman Writing at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, while also serving as the Director of the Upward Bound Program at The College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, OH, where he successfully led the renewal process for the Upward Bound Grant. Christopher’s love for school bands and his fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity led him to create the Alpha Esquires Male Step Team while in Cincinnati.

Chris holds a Bachelor Science in History and Secondary Education from North Carolina A&T State University, and a Master’s of Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.

Noble has allowed me the best means of putting my virtues into action.

— Principal Goins