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Carter named new CTE Supervisor

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Charles “Chuck” Carter, enthusiastic and energetic educator leading Union Heights Elementary School as principal since 2008, is the new supervisor of Career and Technical Education for Hamblen County Schools.  He is filling the shoes of the late Mike Watson and is poised to take the already noteworthy program to new heights.

Carter brings his talent and experience in fostering partnerships with students, parents, and community stakeholders to the CTE program, which offers solid educational opportunities to students who want to enhance their academic skills with specialized training in competitive fields, which in turn helps them compete in today’s job market. 

CTE offerings encompass the gamut from engineering to agriculture, from robotics to automotive technology, from business to healthcare, and from building trades to cosmetology.

“We welcome Chuck Carter to the leadership team of Hamblen County Schools,” said interim Director of Schools Hugh Clement. “His enthusiasm, skill, talent, and passion for students make him the perfect leader for the CTE program. He has hit the ground running and we know the momentum will continue.” 

“I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to lead our CTE Department. Hamblen County has all of the pieces in place to be a shining example of creating multiple pathways to success for each of our students,” Carter said.

“My goal is to take the amazing work that Mike Watson created and continue to build on his success. If I do that then not only will the students of our school system benefit, but our community will continue to thrive as well,” he added. 

Carter holds an educational specialist degree and a master’s degree in supervision and administration from Lincoln Memorial University, a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Tennessee, and gained his teacher certification from ETSU.

Carter, who volunteered as a coach at East Ridge Middle School in the mid-1980s, began his official career with Hamblen County schools as a sixth-grade social studies teacher at East Ridge in 1992.  In addition to his role as teacher, team leader, and member of various district and state committees, he also coached the successful wrestling and volleyball teams. “The life lessons I taught my student-athletes about perseverance, grit, and resiliency have become staple character traits that I utilize in my career today.” Added Carter.

Most recently, Carter led the district in the development of the Hamblen County Learning Leader Network training provided by the state department. The county Leader Network was then created and is being used for Learning Leaders.  

Carter, a nationally certified Olweus Bully Prevention trainer, also serves on the Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority Committee, which hears appeals related to disciplinary actions taken by schools.

Throughout his career, Carter has served on writing assessment committees focusing on scoring, bias, prompt analysis, and creation.

In 2013, Carter created and received funding for the Seeds, Roots, and Fruits Academy, a summer intervention program for at-risk rising ninth graders. The academy enabled students to be involved in planting a vegetable garden, cultivating, and harvesting the fruits of their labor. Students also worked on remedial math skills, team-building, advertising/marketing for a 5K and a festival, at which students sold their vegetables and earned a portion of the proceeds.

Union Heights, distinguished as a top-performing Reward School in Tennessee, was later targeted as a Tennessee Focus School because of a gap between economically disadvantaged students in English and Language Arts.  Carter lead the school’s subgroup in a quick turnaround to achieve double digit successful gap closure.

Carter has served as a presenter for regional, state and national professional development to discuss gap closure, including Best Practice Workshop for Focus Schools, LEAD Conference, and East Tennessee Title I Conference. He also has presented on writing and other subjects.

While at Union Heights, the school’s parent teacher organization was recognized by the National PTO Today for being a school that demonstrates partnerships between parents, community, and school to create a successful environment for all students. 

Carter, and his wife of 28 years Missy, have three children Rachel Carter, Ethan Carter, and Clayton “Bogi” Greenlee. 

Carter spends much of his spare time still coaching wrestling and volleyball through Extreme Team Sports which he created in 2012. Outside of coaching, the Carter’s spend a great deal of time on the water kayaking, swimming, and other water activities.

Active in their church, Freedom Fellowship in White Pine, Carter also writes a weekly motivational and inspirational blog, Flat Tire Ministries at misterfixaflat.blogspot.com, which is read by hundreds of readers on multiple continents.

“My goal in this new chapter of my life is to impact as many lives as possible in a positive manner that will propel them to be successful in life no matter where they go or what they do,”

he added.