Dr. Godwin received his B.S. in Middle Grades Math and Science (1984) and M.Ed (1986) from Campbell University and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (1998) from North Carolina State University. His primary areas of interest are teacher preparation, differentiated instruction, and student engagement. He taught middle school math and science and was an assistant principal in the Harnett County Schools district. He served as the Executive Director for Academic Programs in Johnston County. He has served as the Academically/Intellectually Gifted Director for several school districts as well as the North Carolina State Director for Academically/Intellectually Gifted at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. His awards include the Harnett County Teacher of the Year and the North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented Distinguished Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Education of the Gifted and Talented. In his spare time he enjoys traveling and gardening.