Carter returns to Fort Smith as principal of Northside High School

Chris Carter, a Fort Smith native and graduate of Northside High School, has been named the next principal of Northside High School, Fort Smith Public Schools announced Thursday, May 26.

Carter has been the principal of Magnolia High School in Magnolia since 2016, but grew up in Fort Smith, where he attended Sunnymede Elementary and Kimmons Junior High School. He graduated from Northside High School in 1990 and earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Henderson State University.

Prior to becoming principal of Magnolia High School, Carter was vice-principal of Northside High School. He was also a teacher, coach and assistant principal at Kimmons Junior High, now Kimmons Middle School.

“We are delighted to welcome Chris to our district to take on this very important role. Northside High School has a long history of providing excellent opportunities for its students. In discussions with Mr. Carter, I believe he shares the District’s vision for high expectations of student achievement, building quality relationships with students and families, and a culture of safety. where students feel at home and are supported,” said Dr. Terry Morawski, FSPS. Superintendent.

Chris Carter

Carter succeeds Dr. Keri Rathbun, who was recently named Arkansas Secondary School Principal of the Year by the Arkansas Secondary School Principals’ Association and the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators. Arkansas. The award recognizes outstanding high school leaders who have successfully provided high-quality learning opportunities for students.

“Dr. Rathbun is an excellent administrator. She serves her students and staff well and has been an excellent mentor to new administrators entering the field,” said Dr. Mike Hernandez, executive director of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators .

Rathbun, who became principal of Northside High School in 2017, was named the new FSPS principal of Coordinated School Health and Career Counseling in April. A press release from the FSPS said it will be responsible for establishing a comprehensive initiative to address the components of coordinated school health, as well as providing teaching and leadership services to prepare students for critical thinking. academic, work readiness, and technical skills essential for pursuit. career path.

Dr. Keri Rathbun, FSPS director of Coordinated School Health and Career Counseling

In April, Dr. Michael Farrell was appointed Executive Director of Student Services. Farrell has been a student services supervisor since 2013.

“I am extremely humbled to follow the path blazed by Brenda Sellers, Randy Bridges and Darian Layes. It is an honor for me to follow their path and to work with an administration that I deeply respect and who are committed to building relationships said Farrell.

Farrell holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Houston, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of ‘Arkansas.

Terresa Dewey was named assistant director of student services in April. She has served the district as a student services coordinator since 2014. Dewey holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, a master’s degree in education from the University of Arkansas and an Education Specialist degree from Arkansas Tech University. in Russellville.

Christina Williams, public information coordinator for FSPS, said there were no other administrative positions for the district posted.

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