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Ella Carter Seeks Re-Election to Board of Education District 1 Seat

by Amanda Smith

Ella Carter is seeking reelection to the District 1 seat on the Bibb County Board of Education on July 31, 2012. As incumbent, Carter faces opposition from Brenda Sutton, who has qualified for and is also running for the position.

Carter is an honor graduate of Ballard-Hudson High School in Macon. She received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Fort Valley State University, and her Master of Education from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She is a Scholar in Foreign Language (National Defense of Education Act) and received her Educational Leadership Degree from Georgia State College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Carter began her career in education as an English and French teacher at Appling High School where she remained from 1959 until 1966. She then taught English at Ballard-Hudson High School for two years, followed by eight years at Southwest High School. Carter then served as Curriculum Planner/Director for the Secondary Magnet High School program for nine years, after which she accepted the position of Principal of Walter P. Jones Elementary School in Macon. After 15 years in this position, Carter was named Principal of Northeast Health Science Magnet High School where she served for five years. After dedicating 47 years of her life to her education career, Carter retired from the Bibb County School System in 2006.

A dedicated servant, Carter has been presented with numerous awards during her service to Bibb County's youth, including the McKibben Lane Award for Excellence in Teaching (1975); the Fort Valley State University Outstanding Educator Award (2006); the Bibb County Proclamation of Ella Carter Day (2006); the City of Macon Resolution of Ella Carter Day (2006); and the City of Macon’s Drum Major in Education Award (2007). In 2012,

Carter was honored with The First Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award in Education, as well as the prestigious Fountain Award, established by the State Superintendent of Schools. She was featured on national television--The Early Morning Show--along with Bibb/Georgia's teacher of the year, Mr. Jadun McCarthy, who attributes his success to the fact that she made a major difference in his life as well as many others.

Active in the Macon community, Carter is a former member of the Bibb County Association of Educators, the Georgia Association of Educators, and the National Education Association. She is a current member of Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Advisory Board Secretary of the Ruth Hartley Mosley Women's Center in Macon. Carter is an active member of Macedonia Baptist Church, where the Reverend Eddie D. Smith, Sr. serves as Lead Servant.

Carter has a plan set forth for her continued seat on the Bibb County Board of Education. "You have my commitment to work untiringly and collaboratively with the other Board members to do the following," she said.

- Enhance the educational growth of students at Bernd, Burdell-Hunt, King-Danforth and Jones Elementary Schools; Appling Middle School, Northeast High School and all other Bibb County Schools.
- Expand educational opportunities and choices for all students.
- Improve the high school graduation rate.
- Improve test scores by implementing required courses in test-taking skills.
- Improve the percep

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