I'm Kevin Hamilton, and this is my ninth year teaching at Atkins High School. Overall, this is my twentieth year teaching science and/or engineering classes at the high school level. Before entering the education field I spent two and a half years working in an environmental analysis lab, three years working in environmental regulation, and one year working for an environmental, architectural, and engineering consulting firm. I constantly look back to my years working outside of the classroom, and look for opportunities to bring those experiences into my classroom.
I graduated from North Carolina State University with bachelors degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry after initially studying chemical engineering. After completing my undergraduate studies and moving to Kingsport, Tennessee, I completed a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health at East Tennessee State University. Then after working in the environmental field for over six years, I decided to go through the process of obtaining my teaching license, and I moved back to my hometown of Winston-Salem. I received my teacher certification through UNC-Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University, and began teaching in Davidson County in the year 2000. I spent five years teaching in Davidson County, six years teaching in Davie County, and am now in my ninth year teaching in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. While still in Davie County, I completed my Master of Arts degree in Educational Media with a concentration in Instructional Technology from Appalachian State University.
Since beginning work at Atkins I have completed three 80-hour Project Lead The Way (PLTW) training sessions at Duke University and West Virginia University. These intensive training sessions have prepared me for teaching the Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Principles of Engineering (POE), and Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) classes. Needless to say, I consider myself a lifelong learner. I occasionally teach a chemistry class, but the past few years I have focused on teaching all engineering classes. I also serve as the Academy Coordinator for the Engineering department at Atkins and assist in finding internships for students pursuing engineering careers.
In addition, I coached the two-time State Champion Twelve team (2014 & 2017) and coached the district champion (2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Academic Team for six years. I have passed the reins for those two teams over to Mr. Arzillo who has continued the tradition by leading the Academic team to a fifth straight title in 2019. I still coach the Quiz Bowl Team (who finished in the top 15% in the nation in 2019 at the national tournament), and I help out with the Science Bowl Team. I look forward to teaching and coaching students at Atkins over the next several years.
Outside of school I enjoy hiking, playing racquetball, working out, and watching college sports. I am a native of North Carolina and have visited all 100 counties in this state. I love to travel, and have visited 43 of the 50 states. I was able to visit 6 more in the summer of 2018 during a trip to Acadia National Park in Maine. I hope to visit the remaining 7 over the next 5 to 10 years. I visited several of those states on a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in the summer of 2016, and I visitied a bevy of others on a trip to the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon in the summer of 2012. After I have visited the rest of the states, I would like to spend some time traveling overseas. I live with my family in Lewisville, NC.