My name is Chris Collier, and I am honored to begin my 3rd year as the principal of Goochland High School.
- B.A. Political Science and Social Studies, University of Richmond
- M.Ed. Administration and Supervision, University of Virginia
- Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
About Mr. Collier
I am a native of Mechanicsville, Virginia, and a graduate of Atlee High School. I am married to Becky, and we currently reside in Hanover County. We have two children, a son, and daughter.
After high school, I decided to continue my education at the University of Richmond. During my time there, I was a member of the Spider football team. I am truly spider proud! After graduating, I had a brief stint of NFL tryouts for long snapping. Following a brief sales career, I decided to pursue my passion for educating and mentoring young people.
I have spent most of my career at Hermitage High School, where I served as a government teacher, football coach, administrative aide, administrative intern and, most recently, associate principal. I also spent one year as an administrative intern at Glen Allen High School.
When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, gardening, spending time on the water and hunting.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe learning is a lifelong process, and school is a foundation for developing required skills, attitudes, and passions for success. As the principal of GHS, all decisions will be influenced by learning first. I believe that learning should be fun. It starts with lessons that engage students by providing them with opportunities for profound learning experiences. We will continue to focus on the growth of each individual student and will encourage them to work collaboratively, think creatively and solve complex problems together. I also believe that it is our job as educators to teach our students to be curious and persistent. All of these tools are essential to a successful future.
I would be remiss if I didn’t say that it requires a team effort to prepare our students for life after high school. I am confident that with the hard work of our outstanding faculty, school counselors, support staff and administrative team, we will prepare our students for anything the future will bring.
I hope you will follow me on Twitter: @GHSCollier and Instagram: @ghscollier for updates and announcements.
Mrs. Yearout-Patton- Interim
Ms. Yearout-Patton is a native of Appalachia and a graduate of Floyd County High School. She is married to Matthew, and they have one son. They reside in Goochland County.
Mrs. Rachel Wilborn
Mrs. Wilborn is a native of Richmond, Virginia and a graduate of Hermitage High School. She is married to Andrew, and they have a daughter. They currently reside in Hanover County.
Entering her 3rd year at GHS, Mrs. Wilborn came to us from Varina High School, located in the east end of Henrico County, where she served as the administrative intern for the 2015-16 school year. Prior to her time at Varina, she taught science at Hermitage High School, served as department chair of the science department, lead the charge to incorporate a community outreach program, earned teacher of the year honors, and served as an administrative aide. Her wealth of knowledge and experiences will be a great addition to our administrative team.
Her administrative responsibilities include: Students with Last Names A-L, Master Scheduling, and coordination of College Board and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College programs.