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Carden Named Principal Of CES

CARROLLTON, GA – A Carrollton Elementary School assistant principal will continue to foster the positive momentum under way at that school by serving as CES’s new instructional leader.
The Carrollton Board of Education, at its March 14 meeting, approved the promotion of Amanda Carden to principal of CES. Carden will succeed Karen Wild, who last month was named the school district’s new director of School Improvement. The transition will take place in June.
Carden has been an assistant principal at CES since 2014, following several years of serving as a special education teacher and instructional coordinator at Carrollton High School. Carden also served as the site coordinator of CHS’s 21st Century after school program, the BRIDGE. In all capacities she gained valuable leadership experience that will serve her well as principal, said Dr. Mark Albertus, superintendent of Carrollton City Schools.
“First of all, Mrs. Carden has a heart for kids,” said Albertus. “She is a great people person, sets a great example of the importance of hard work and has earned valuable experience as an effective school leader. She will ensure a smooth transition at Carrollton Elementary School and will still work closely with Mrs. Wild as she moves forward in her new role.”
At the University of West Georgia, Carden earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education fields and also secured educational leadership credentials there. While at Carrollton High School, she was named the school-level Teacher of the Year twice and named First Year Teacher of the Year at the district level. Some of her professional affiliations include the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Council for Exceptional Children.
"It is truly and honor to have the opportunity to serve as principal of Carrollton Elementary School," said Carden. "We already have a strong, welcoming culture and nurturing environment that also sets high expectations for student achievement. I will work hard to keep this focus in place and grow its success."
Carden and her husband, Brian, are parents of Abigail, 5, a prekindergarten student at Carrollton Elementary School.
 
 
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