After spending several years of guiding teachers and students at Union Elementary School, Linda Jewell Carr is ready for the next chapter of her career.
Carr was recently selected to become the director of Federal programs for Sampson County Schools. She will take the helm after Lisa Reynolds retires in October.
“I love to learn new things and this will broaden my experiences within the school system to be of service to a wider scope of children and families,” Carr said.
She worked with Title I schools, with includes children from low-income families for a long time. Carr said she understands the building administrator side of the position.
“As a director there will be many other capacities available to learn and grow in professionally,” Carr said. “I sincerely appreciate the confidence expressed by my superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy and training received from Lisa Reynolds during this transition time.”
Carr earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts education K-12 from Lees-McRae College. While studying drama, she received a master’s in education in drama from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She later attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill for doctoral studies in educational leadership. Later, she began her career in education as a theatre arts and dance instructor for Clinton High School for seven years. Later, she moved into administration work with Wayne County Schools.
In 2005, she returned to Sampson County and became the first principal Sampson Early College High School, where she spent six years. For Carr, it was a joy to work with families and student grow in their educational decisions and endeavors. Her next stop was Union Elementary, which was a different experience for her.
“At Union Elementary I watched a child learn to read and discover the world through books,” she said “This is a complete magical experience with each individual child. Just as spiritually moving is to the see pride a teacher and parent exhibits when they see a child master new skills and have completely uninhibited enthusiasm for learning.”
Carr believes it’s important to have parents involved in the schools for the success of children. Some of her fondest memories included moms and dads engaged in a science projects, festivals, art programs, award days, reading programs or hosting foreign exchange students.
“My staff would tell you, I love a team builder these experiences are among my fondest of working with teachers and staff members,” she said. “It’s important to get to know one another as colleagues and professionals. We are a community of educators. We spend the large majority of our day at work and being approachable and establishing a good working relationship is crucial to a happy school building.”
As the director of federal programs, her first foremost goal is follow federal policies and guidelines to make sure the district receives funding sources to support students.
“I am enthusiastic and humbled by the opportunity to work at a district level,” she said.”I am a hard worker and am buckling in to explore the world of federal programs. No one ever can truly appreciate a position until you are in it doing the day to day tasks that keep everything going. I hope that we can keep everything running smoothly for a dedicated group of individuals working hard for the success of our children and be a support for them. “
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