However, to their surprise, their one overriding belief not only came from the same source, the Bible, but was actually part of the same verse, Luke 12:48, “For whomever much is given, much is required.”
Those words have guided them this year, Carter said.
“As school leaders, Emily and I were given these children with the stipulation that we guide them to not only reaching their academic potential but surpassing it in an environment that each member of our educational team, from our students and their parents to our staff and faculty, found enjoyable,” Carter said.
Although that academic success has been reflected in many areas throughout the year, especially with increased parental and community involvement in the school, the recently released Criterion-Referenced Competency Test scores may have been its crowning achievement.
According to Carter, the success of their eighth-graders on the test was outstanding as more than 99 percent of those students met or exceeded state standards while their reading scores also increased.
Carter began her career 17 years ago at Fairplay Middle School as an administrative assistant. She eventually moved up to assistant principal before transferring to Factory Shoals as its assistant principal two years ago, and was promoted to principal for this school year.
She said she credits the school academic environment for its students success.
“I feel everyone here enjoys coming to school,” she said. “When the learning environment is good and everyone is on the same page with regard to what we want to achieve, the whole learning environment changes for the better.”
Felton has been involved in education for 16 years, and served as 2013-2014 president of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.
She worked as a counselor at Factory Shoals before her promotion to assistant principal for this school year.
Felton said she also was pleased with the increased involvement of parents in Factory Shoals students’ educations.
“Under Ms. Carter’s leadership, I have been able to take what I have learned as a counselor … and take it to the next level to help our students to achieve,” Felton said.