Dr. David Goin, Champion of Character

The Character Council of Edmond congratulates Dr. David Goin for being selected as a “Champion of Character,” representing the character trait of patience.

The council is a grassroots, non-profit, organization committed to creating a citywide initiative to build Edmond into a “City of Character.” The group believes that the character of a nation can only be strengthened one person at a time, one community at a time. Toward that end the Character Council of Edmond seeks to recognize residents who demonstrate character, as witnessed by those who have been affected and influenced.

Dr. Goin exemplified the character trait of patience (vs. restlessness) by accepting a difficult situation without giving a deadline to remove it; by consistently demonstrating patience by systematically working to overcome difficult situations.

It takes patience and time to let everyone involved to be informed in advance; the students, teachers and families of Edmond. As Edmond Public School Superintendent, Dr. Goin is known for being thoughtful as well as patient. He takes the time to call those involved about concerns that could become ‘hot potatoes’ — being proactive rather than reactive, wrote Edmond Public School’s Associate Superintendent Brenda Lyons. “I have witnessed time after time how this patient approach to communication has been helpful and saved the school district from many problems.”

Dr. Goin works systematically through many difficult issues, which requires more time and patience. However, he seldom makes a snap decision and is patient enough to get input from various staff members prior to making a decision, which lets the people in his organization know that he considers them important in the decision-making process.

Another area in which Dr. Goin exhibits patience is in his interaction with students. “(Goin) carefully listens to them as he visits classrooms and eats lunch with them. Sometimes it takes great patience to listen in this manner to students, especially the younger ones, but he does it with care and concern,” added Lyons.

A group of Edmond teachers also responded about that, “It would be hard to choose just one character trait.” They’ve included sincerity, kindness, and honesty as other deserving traits for Dr/ Goin, as someone who oversees 19,000 students, at least twice as many parents, and over 2,000 faculty and staff.

“Dr. Goin listens with great patience, he works with great patience, and he speaks with great patience,” wrote Washington Irving Elementary School teacher Cindy Young, who nominated Dr. Goin. “As Superintendent, Dr. Goin, represents Edmond Public Schools to our community with good character and pride. Dr. David Goin is the epitome of PATIENCE. I proudly nominate Dr. David Goin for the character trait of PATIENCE.”

As a result of his patience Dr. Goin was honored by the Edmond City Council on November 28, 2005, for representing Edmond as a “champion of character.”

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