Woodland Park Middle School Welcomes New Principal

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The Woodland Park Board of Education approved the hiring of Yvonne Goings as the new Woodland Park Middle School principal during their monthly meeting on April 13.

Goings graduated from Woodland Park High School in 1988. She received her BA Degree and finished her Teacher Education Program from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Goings received her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from University of Phoenix, Colorado Springs. After teaching at Webster Elementary in Colorado Springs, and Widefield Elementary, Goings served as Assistant Principal in Widefield, Colorado Springs, and Denver. She has been the Assistant Principal at WPMS since 2007.

“I have a long history in our Woodland Park community,” Goings said. “My family moved here in 1978 when I was in elementary school. Both my sister and I graduated from our high school as did my niece and nephew. My mother, Wilma Burnham, retired from WPMS after teaching PE for over 20 years.”

“After an extensive search for our next Middle School principal, we are incredibly fortunate to hire the highly competent, experienced, and compassionate Ms. Goings,” said Dr. Jed Bowman, Superintendent of Schools. “As a graduate of Woodland Park High School, she knows the community well. Additionally, she will combine her deep passion for middle school education with her strong leadership capacity to positively impact students, staff, parents and community members!”

“I am fortunate to have been part of the history at WPMS and excited to lead our growth in the future,” Goings said. “We are planning some new, innovative ideas that will not only challenge student thinking but also create a collaborative environment with our community.”

Goings is replacing Jeff Wallingford, who has been the Woodland Park Middle School Principal for two years.

“You will not find anyone that has a bigger heart or more passion for this school than I do,” Goings added. “Everything I have done in my career – all my success and failures – has prepared me to be the next leader of Woodland Park Middle School.”