• Principal, Fay Jones

    Principal, Fay Jones

    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 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:




    Year-round leaders

    We were very intentional about each attribute. Learners observe our world but leaders change the world in which they live. We expect all our students to be leaders and not followers. At Carpenter Elementary, we are carpenters that mold and shape leaders one chameleon at a time.

    As for your principal, I have been in education for twenty-seven years and have served in the capacity of a Third Grade Teacher, Academically Gifted Teacher, Technology Teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal. My family has deep roots in education as my father is a retired Plant Pathologist from NC State University, my sister is an Art and PE Teacher, one niece is teacher at Wake Technical College, and another niece is studying to become an Art Teacher. When I am not at Carpenter Elementary or spending time with family, I enjoy reading, playing tennis, and spending time at the coast.

    Thank you for trusting us with your very HEART, your precious children!! It is our honor to walk hand in hand with you during your children’s most impressionable years. Together we can develop your child’s greatest leadership capacity.

    With Chameleon Pride and Spirit,

    Dr. Fay Jones


    Assistant Principal, Newton Miller

    Newton Miller

    Newton 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.”