While it’s been a few years, but Scott Carpenter has returned to the halls of Lincolnton High School. Once he was a student, now he’s the principal. Monday found him supervising installation of additional lighting in the parking lot to make it safer for students, staff and the public.
After graduating from Lincolnton High School, Carpenter went to Appalachian State University graduating in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in middle school education. He received his master’s degree in school administration in 1998 from Gardner-Webb University.
“I student taught at West Lincoln Middle School then I was hired as a sixth-grade math, reading, science and social studies teacher at Lincolnton Middle School,” he said. “I taught that for four years then Miss Finger moved me to eighth grade, and I taught science. While I was teaching at Lincolnton Middle, I got my master’s at Gardner-Webb.”
Carpenter was one of the youngest assistant principals hired at that time when he was promoted to assistant principal at East Lincoln Middle School. Then he helped open the Pumpkin Center middle schools and was assistant principal there for two years before becoming the principal at Lincolnton Middle in 2001.
“I was there for 13 years,” he said. “After that, Dr. Hoyle moved me to Battleground Elementary and I was there for two years, then I was moved to S. Ray Lowder and was there for five years. Now I’m at Lincolnton High. I feel like I got a lot accomplished at S. Ray Lowder and left the school in a good place. It’s been a goal of mine to become the principal of Lincolnton High School.”
Carpenter’s vision for Lincolnton High School is for every student and staff person to know that they’re important.
“The people perform for you if they feel important and appreciated,” he said. “That’s a big thing. I want to make sure that they know that they’re going to be supported. We’re going to do personalized learning and individualized instruction.”
Because he’s been in city limit schools for most of his educational career, Carpenter said that he knows the diversity of the area.
“While I was at S. Ray Lowder, we had the Hesed House and Amy’s House in our district, so we had those types of kids come into our school,” he said. “We took care of them really well. That doesn’t happen at Battleground or G.E. Massey. They all come to Lincolnton Middle and Lincolnton High. I understand their needs. Diversity in a school is not just race, it’s socioeconomics. You have some of your richest of the rich folks and the poorest of the poor. I have a strength in working with diversity.”
Carpenter said that he has high expectations for the administrative staff, teachers, students and the community.
“We’re raising the bar and we’re going to make a difference,” he said. “I think I’m the man for the job and I’m excited.”