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September 18, 2014

By unanimous vote, the Newton County Board of Education approved Dr. Patrick Carter as the new principal of Livingston Elementary School. He will replace departing principal, Ms. Shari Thomas, who announced her intention to retire last month. Dr. Carter currently serves as the Newton County School System (NCSS) Secondary Special Education Coordinator. He will assume his new duties on October 1.

 "I am humbled by the opportunity to lead an outstanding group of educators," said Carter.  "I look forward to establishing effective relationships with all stakeholders that have a vested interest in the lives of the students that attend and will attend Livingston Elementary School.  With a focus on increased student achievement and the utilization of effective teaching practices, Livingston Elementary School will and shall be the epicenter of academic achievement."   

Prior to his work in the NCSS Central Office, Dr. Carter served as an assistant principal at Live Oak Elementary School from 2009 to 2013. He joined NCSS in 2007 as a part-time administrator and mathematics instructor at Alcovy High School. Prior to his work with NCSS Dr. Carter was employed by DeKalb County Schools, Clayton County Schools, and Shelby County Schools in Arlington, Tennessee.

Dr. Carter earned his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Morehouse College in 2001 and his master of education degree in math education from Christian Brothers University in 2003. He achieved his doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership at Capella University in 2008.

Dr. Carter is a member of both the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL).

“I am very excited to have Dr. Carter as the leader of Livingston Elementary School,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “He understands clearly the strategic plan and the Newton County School System’s non-negotiable goals; therefore, he is able to hit the ground running.   Dr. Carter is committed to the students, faculty, staff, and community and has high expectations.  He expects that all students who exit Livingston Elementary School will be well-prepared to face the challenges of middle school and beyond.” 

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at