Principal, Kim Collins
Welcome to Carpenter Elementary. Our school is a diverse, community-oriented school that opened in 2006. We are one school family, with four different calendar options, that operates within a year-round schedule. Our mission is to deliver a rigorous core curriculum with the four Cs. Carpenter’s four Cs encompass teaching in a creative, collaborative environment while maximizing communication and critical thinking. We have 650 student leaders that are adaptable, flexible, problem-solvers that know how to respond to any given situation. This is indicative of our school’s mascot, which is a chameleon. Just like chameleons, our students know how to adapt to the ever changing environment in which they live. Green and yellow are our school colors, which represent hope, life and happiness.
In 2015, our students named our chameleon mascot CARY. Our staff collaborated to develop a motto and created an acronym that encompasses our core belief statements. We believe all our students should, "Be Like CARY," which stands for being:
Collaborative Achieving Respectful Year-round leaders
Personally, I have been in education for twenty-four years and have served as a high school English teacher, an assistant principal at the high school and middle school levels and now as the proud principal of Carpenter! I am so honored to serve along the side of a dedicated staff that truly has the best interests of each child in mind every day. A main focus at Carpenter is student-centered learning, where each child is celebrated for their unique strengths and talents, and I am committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment where every student feels valued and encouraged each day while learning.
Assistant Principal, Newton MillerNewton Miller is a Saint Augustine’s University alumni. His degree in Elementary Education set him on a path toward school leadership. After earning his first master’s in School Leadership from Ashford University, he then pursued and obtained his second Master’s in School Administration. He has taught and led in multiple Title I schools here in Wake County. Throughout his career, he has developed a passion to ensure every student has equitable access to their dreams and aspirations.“My journey as an educator begins with my childhood. I was a very active child with an inquisitive mind. I always challenged the status quo. I needed to know the “why.” This made me want to learn more and more about everything. My goal is for my excitement for learning to become infectious and positively impact the students, families, and colleagues connected to me. I want to strengthen the school to community bridge by developing students and families who are engaged in the learning process. As an educational leader, I believe it is my duty to help students find their purpose for education.”