New Principal Profile Q&A: Dr. Kevin Carpenter, Cheatham Hill Elementary School

Question: Why are you excited about joining the Cheatham Hill Elementary Community?
Answer: “I’m excited because I know that the community itself is extremely involved in the school. I’m excited about coming in and continuing the excellence that has already been established there. It’s a great opportunity to have an impact on a wide range of kids.”

Question: What does student success look like to you?
Answer: “Student success looks like empowering and inspiring students to be their best daily, and that also trickles to the staff, as well, finding out what their best is and really empowering them so they can pass it on to the students. As long as we provide those opportunities for the kids to really know themselves and how to be their best, I know I have done my job.”

Question: What role in your past experience best qualifies you for the position of principal?
Answer: “I’ve had the opportunity to be a substitute teacher, a paraprofessional, a teacher, and an assistant principal all in the school district. So, I have a perspective from almost every position in the school. When I was a paraprofessional, I worked in an autism classroom with students with special needs and then I taught fifth grade. I have had a real opportunity to see that no matter where kids are coming from they deserve our absolute best. I feel that I have the tools and resources to really understand what our teachers can do to make sure students are performing to their best ability.”

Question: What books will students see on your office shelf?
Answer: “The books I probably talk the most about with the kids are probably the Harry Potter books. I’ve always been a fan of all the books, all the movies as well and so it is always a great conversation piece with the kids, but my favorite book that I always talk about with students that I had growing up is “Where the Red Fern Grows.” It’s one of those books that the emotions of it stick with you the rest of your life, and it is a great connection with the kids.”