The Alleghany County Board of Education announced the election of Chad Stewart Beasley as Superintendent of the Alleghany County Schools effective September 1, 2015.
Dr. Beasley graduated from North Surry High School and received his undergraduate degree and his master's degree from Appalachian State University. He recently completed the Superintendent Fellows Program, a two-year training program for prospective public school superintendents. He received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Gardner- Webb University.
Dr. Beasley has more than twenty-two years of service in education. He began his career with Mount Airy City Schools where he served as a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Mount Airy High School, as Assistant Principal at Mount Airy High School, and as Principal of Jones Intermediate School. During his tenure with Stokes County Schools, he served as the Curriculum Director and Career and Technical Education Director. He was named the Wachovia Principal of the Year in 2009 and in 2015 was inducted as a member of the Reich College of Education Rhododendron Society at Appalachian State University.
In describing his educational philosophy Dr. Beasley stated, "I am an educator, mentor, and advisor who believes that all students, both children, and adults, can learn and thrive in a learning environment that is stimulating and appropriate to their unique talents and abilities. Today’s students face a future that will require them to deal with complex social, economic, and environmental problems. Despite many obstacles facing today’s students, effective leaders are able to make a difference in their school systems that positively impact student learning. I want to be that positive impact for the Alleghany School System. As a school leader, I recognize the importance of developing a shared vision and working collaboratively with teachers and other staff, with parents and community, and with students to create a vibrant and rigorous academic program where every student can achieve success. I recognize and value the importance of advocating for schools and building connections with the community. I value data and the insights it provides on how to make schools more effective. I embrace accountability for high levels of rigor and student achievement and understand the tools necessary to assure that schools can be successful by promoting innovation and nurturing professional learning. Inherent in our democracy is the right of all people to develop to their maximum potential. I believe fully in this philosophy which is the reason I chose education as a career. I enjoy helping people and seeing people of all ages develop and work toward reaching their maximum potential.
Dr. Beasley is committed to his community and his profession, with a distinguished record of involvement in many educational and civic organizations. He is an active member of professional educational organizations, including the North Carolina School Superintendents Association, the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the North Carolina Association of School Administrators, BREMCO Community Leaders Council, and the Appalachian State University Governing Board. He also serves, on the Alleghany ARTS Council Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for the Alleghany Educational Foundation, the Junior Appalachian Musicians Advisory Board, the State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board, and the Blue Ridge Business Development Center Advisory Board.
Dr. Beasley is married to the former Mary Beth Reeves of Mount Airy, a former administrator in the Alleghany County Schools. Dr. and Mrs. Beasley are the proud parents of two daughters, Marydith, a teacher in Wake County Schools, and Kathryn, a teacher in Hendersonville County Schools.