I am Donevin Hoskins. I am a proud graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At Southern University, I received my B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing. I also received my Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. After attending Southern University, I worked as a manager for a major pharmaceutical company for two years. Feeling unsatisfied, in 1987, I decided to begin my career in education. For 9 years, I taught Middle School Math, High School Math and Physical Education. After teaching I entered school administration, first serving as a Dean of Students at Franklin Senior High School and then West St. Mary High School in Louisiana. I then became an Assistant Principal at West St. Mary High School before moving the Charlotte, North Carolina in 1999.
In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, I proudly served as an Assistant Principal at E.E. Waddell High School and Vance High School before becoming the Principal of the International Business and Communications School at Olympic High School. While Principal at IBCS at Olympic HS, we were recognized as a "School of Distinction" for outstanding student achievement. The second highest recognition for any school in the state of North Carolina. Over 80% of our students "met" or "exceeded" the proficiency targets set for our school.
Following my tenure as Principal at IBCS, I became the Director of Student Achievement (DSA) for the Academy for Urban School Leadership in Chicago, Illinois. For nearly 3 years, as DSA at AUSL, I led the work of the principals in 4 of the most chronically under-performing schools in the Chicago Public School System and the North Chicago School System.
During a nationwide search and as a result of the school reforms and academic progress realized at AUSL, I was recruited to serve as the Principal of Towers High School in Dekalb County Georgia. I spent 1 year in Georgia before returning to my roots in North Carolina.
From 2013-2019, I wore the title of Ben L. Smith High Principal proudly. My philosophy on education remains simple...."Spend each day working to inspire those I work with and for" and "Be better today than I was yesterday". In 2014, I was blessed to be recognized by Discovery Education for "Outstanding Leadership" and in 2015 and 2016, I was recognized as Principal of one of the "Nation's Most Academically Challenging Schools" by The Washington Post. I am constantly in pursuit of new and different ideas, suggestions or solutions, and I do not make excuses.
My motto, a motto embraced at West Charlotte High School, is "NO EXCUSES!"
Someone once said, "We are all geniuses and the world needs our contributions." Here at West Charlotte High School we aim to help our students tap into their genius and discover how they can contribute to the world.