KFMS Own Named City-Wide Teacher of the Year

KFMS Own Named City-Wide Teacher of the Year
Posted on 03/31/2018

William Carter, a technology education teacher at King’s Fork Middle School, has been named the 2018 Middle School Teacher of the Year for Suffolk Public Schools.

He is one of the two runners-up for the division-wide City-Wide Teacher of Year honor.  Katelyn Leitner-Black, a 5th-grade teacher at Pioneer Elementary School, was selected as Suffolk Public Schools’ 2018 City-Wide Teacher of the Year.  Kristen Ellis of Nansemond River High School, was named High School Teacher of the Year, and Christopher Stadler of Northern Shores Elementary School was selected as Rookie Teacher of the Year.


But more about KFMS's Carter:

In the classroom for almost three years, Carter is a “career switcher” who came to teach after years in the manufacturing industry. 

Keeping his students curious, engaged, and active are directly connected to his success as an instructor.Students make balloon cars, LED light arrays, electromagnets, computer code, stick bridges, herb plantings, and tabletop catapults. 

They put the textbook lessons about technology to the test every day, working in teams and learning that failure along the way is just part of the process toward success.  “With each new learning plan, I have been increasingly placing the students in the driver’s seat. This approach provides me the opportunity to act as a facilitator rather than just the provider of information.”

Beyond the classroom, Carter leads a student technology club and shares his knowledge with other teachers at the Suffolk Excellence in Education Conference.

Parent Renita Ruffin praises Carter for challenging her children to think outside of the box, develop their own creations, and strive for excellence. “He is loving, passionate, enthusiastic, and relatable to the students and staff. His real-world approach in his classroom created a culture where all students can learn.”

Carter earned his bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater College, his master’s degree for James Madison University, and his teaching licensure through Old Dominion University.  He was also an instructor in computer programming, decision sciences and operations management at JMU for six years.

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