Flor Carter Named Golden Apple Finalist

Flor Carter Named Golden Apple Finalist
Posted on 03/02/2021
Special Message logoMs. Flor Carter, interim principal at Waukegan Public Schools’ Alternative/Optional Education Center was recently announced as a finalist for the 2021 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Ms. Carter is just one of nine Golden Apple finalists, selected from a pool of more than 120 PreK-12th grade principals and school leaders across Illinois. According to Golden Apple, the Excellence in Leadership award: “honors exemplary performance in school leadership by a principal or head of school who has had a significant and sustained positive impact on the school, created a culture of inclusivity, and delivered dramatic student growth.”

“To even be nominated for such an award feels surreal, and I’m truly humbled and honored by the entire process,” said Ms. Carter. “This has been an amazing opportunity to reflect on how we best serve our students, and I just feel so blessed to work with such amazing staff and students- they are the reason that I am where I am today.”

Ms. Carter is in her first year as interim principal at AOEC. She previously served as the assistant principal at Webster Middle School for three years, and was the House 7 Leader at Waukegan High School from 2015-2017. Ms. Carter began her career in Waukegan Public Schools as a high school social studies teacher in 2008.

"Golden Apple recognizes that systems change and excellence is set by the leader,” said Alicia Winckler, Golden Apple CEO. “The school leaders we are recognizing today are transformative and have demonstrated their resilience throughout this tumultuous year - focusing not only on students outcomes and the revered teachers who get it done - but engage and are integral to the communities that they serve.”

Golden Apple, is the leading Illinois nonprofit committed to preparing, honoring and supporting great educators who advance educational opportunities for students.
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