Mr. Goodson is teaching English and science in the sixth grade program. He also is coaching football, basketball, and lacrosse.
A native Pennsylvanian, Mr. Goodson journeyed south to North Carolina for his final year of high school before matriculating at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he pursued his undergraduate degree in English. He was a talented three-sport athlete in high school and has continued to stay involved in athletics as a teacher-coach. After several years teaching in the North Carolina public school system and completing his graduate work in secondary English teaching at North Carolina State University, he joined the Virginia Beach public system, teaching honors English courses at Cox High School for the past eight years, while coaching lacrosse and overseeing the National Honor Society.
Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I love the classroom. I always enjoyed school and playing sports, so I chose to follow those passions as a teacher and coach.
What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
The school's commitment to a variety of activities, its unique programs, and the sense of community are all exciting aspects of being involved at NA.
Norfolk Academy is unique because…
It has such a beautiful campus and so many talented people.
Last book read:
Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby, a Gloucester author.
What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I spend time with my wife, Sarah, and our three children: sons Blake, and Holt, and daughter Alden. I love reading and watching sports.
I love a good pimento cheese dip/spread - my wife makes a great one.
A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
The late Philip Seymour Hoffman would be my first choice.
Fun fact your students might find surprising:
I worked for several years as a furniture salesman.
“When I grow up, I want to be…”
Young at heart.