Dr. John Carter Named Westlake High School Principal
Following an extensive nationwide search, Dr. John Carter was named Principal of Westlake High School at the Wednesday, June 20 board meeting. Dr. Carter spent 13 years at the nationally-acclaimed Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., where he most recently served as principal for two years. Dr. Carter has 25 total years in education, including 11 in administration.
“We are fortunate to have such strong leadership at Westlake High School with staff who have implemented a solid vision focused on improving learning opportunities and providing engaging experiences,” said Dr. Nola Wellman, Eanes ISD Superintendent of Schools. “I am confident that Dr. Carter’s commitment to teachers, their professional growth and student success will carry that vision forward and propel Westlake to even higher standards than before.”
During his time at Adlai Stevenson, Dr. Carter worked as a Math teacher and team leader, Director of Mathematics and Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning before taking the helm in 2010. He also has experience at the collegiate level, having served as Adjunct Professor of Education at Lake Forest College in Illinois.
Dr. Carter earned his Ph.D in Mathematics Education from Illinois State University. He has two Master’s Degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Educational Administration and Secondary Education. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Highest Departmental Distinction, graduating Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Carter has garnered an impressive list of awards including the National Presidential Award for Mathematics in Teaching and the Award for Innovation in Mathematics and Science Teaching from “Business Week” Magazine. He has been published in various areas such as Advanced Mathematical Concepts and Professional Learning Communities.
Linda Rawlings announced her retirement in May after serving as principal at Westlake for six years. The search process began immediately and included members from the Westlake Campus Leadership Team, teachers, parents, administrators and a student.
Dr. Carter and his family will spend the next few weeks searching for a home before an August start date.