Innovative & Nontraditional Programs: Our Purpose
The purpose of the Innovative & Nontraditional Programs Department is to lead Athens City Schools in a direction of innovation to meet the needs of today's students.
Meet the Executive Director
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S., Jacksonville State University Ms.Ed., Jacksonville State University Ed.S., Jacksonville State University Ed.D., Lipscomb University Alabama Superintendents Academy, University of Alabama National Superintendents Academy, AASA
Dr. Rick Carter
Dr. Carter is a graduate of Chipley High School in Chipley Florida. He earned his bachelor's, master's and education specialist degrees all from Jacksonville State Univeristy. He completed his doctorate at Lipscomb University.
Dr. Carter brings years of experience and leadership to his role as Executive Director for Innovative Programs. He was named Alabama’s Principal of the Year in 2013, Nominee for National Principal of the year in 2014, and the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) Leadership Award Recipient for Alabama in 2013. He led his previous school in a transformational one to one initiative with Apple earning the National Apple Distinguished System title in 2014-15. Currently, Dr. Carter serves as a mentor for new principals and assistant principals for the Alabama State Department of Education. He received his mentor certification from The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).
Dr. Carter speaks frequently on school improvement, school culture, and technology integration on both the national and state levels. As an active member of the AASSP affiliate since 2004, Dr. Carter has served in numerous leadership roles including a position on the AASSP board of directors. He currently serves as the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) State Coordinator for Alabama. An advocate for public education, he is frequently asked to speak to local and federal legislators about issues relating to Alabama's education system. Through his consistent advocacy efforts in Montgomery, Ala., and Washington, D.C., speaking on issues which have implications for public education, Dr. Earl Franks, NAESP Executive Director, stated “Dr. Carter has gained the respect and appreciation from his colleagues throughout the United States, especially those in Alabama.”
He is married to Shannon Carter, counselor at AHS. They have three daughters; Helen, Katelyn, and Sarah.