This week the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools named Wellborn High School Principal Rick Carter its principal of the year for 2013. The award puts Carter in the running for the National Association of Secondary School Principals National Principal of the Year Award.
Carter said the award isn’t really about the principal, but a reflection on the progress Walter Wellborn High School has demonstrated over the last several years.
“It’s not about Rick Carter,” he said. “It’s about Wellborn High, and the community and Calhoun County Schools.”
Carter, in his fourth year as principal, said under his leadership Wellborn has shown improved graduation and attendance rates, as well as a drop in failure rate.
“That’s all because of what our staff and what our teachers do,” Carter said. “Yes, it’s been under the principal’s leadership, but we couldn’t achieve what we do without the staff and the great students here. It’s a reflection of a great community.”
Carter isn’t the only faculty member at Wellborn who has been singled out for achievement. In what might end up being a heavy academic year for awards, math teacher and department head John Griffin is a finalist for Alabama’s Teacher of the Year award for 2013-14 for secondary education. Fellow Calhoun County Schools teacher Lisa Mallett of White Plains Elementary School is a finalist for elementary education teacher of the year. The winners of the awards will be announced by Alabama Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice on May 8.
“Mr. Griffin does an outstanding job,” Carter said. “For him it’s about the light bulb or gleam in a student’s eye when they understand a concept. That’s what it’s all about.”
Wellborn High School teacher Tilda Wilson said next month’s annual teacher appreciation breakfast will honor Carter and Griffin for their achievements.
“It’s been a great year for Wellborn High School,” Wilson said. “We’re looking forward to honoring these two and what they’ve done for our school.”
As part of the award, the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools will honor Carter at an awards luncheon in Mobile in June. He’ll also attend the Principal of the Year Awards Program in Washington, D.C.
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