For Immediate Release
June 22, 2021
ATLANTA – Dr. Craig Carter, a 20-year, award-winning, National Board Certified teacher, has joined the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) as its new executive director. Dr. Carter was chosen from an exceptional pool of candidates after a nationwide search by the association.
Dr. Carter comes to GAE from its sister organization in Louisiana, the Louisiana Association of Educators, where he served as its executive director, and before that as its Director of Membership Growth and Organizing. He brings to GAE his extensive experience in member organizing.
“Our board of directors is thrilled to have Dr. Carter join GAE,” said kindergarten teacher and GAE President Lisa Morgan. “We know that with his experience as a classroom teacher, he understands the issues and challenges facing our members as they work to educate Georgia's students. Dr. Carter's experience as a staff member in Kentucky and Louisiana give him the skills, competencies, and qualifications necessary to move GAE forward as the organization that will speak up for public education and ensure that its promise is fulfilled for the students we serve. We are excited about the future of GAE under his leadership.”
“I am honored and humbled to join the GAE family in their work to support the incredible school employees across the state,” Dr. Carter said. “I’m ready to continue raising GAE’s status as a leading organization that supports its members and most of all, the school children of Georgia.”
In his role as executive director, Dr. Carter’s duties will include overseeing the association’s budget, setting strategic goals, directing staff assignments, and implementing strategic plans directed by the GAE Board of Directors. Dr. Carter says his immediate focus will be continuing to motivate and nurture staff work in his efforts to empower local educators to have a voice in local education policy decisions.
Dr. Carter is a native of Paducah Kentucky, where he taught science and gifted education in the state’s public school system for nine years. He was named Kentucky Science Teacher of the Year in 2006. He has a doctoral degree in education administration from the University of the Cumberlands (2011). He later attended and graduated from Harvard Law School’s Trade Union Program in 2016.