Katherine Carter, has resided in Upper Gwynedd for over a dozen years. She is currently the Principal of Alain Locke Elementary School in Philadelphia. She is a native of Philadelphia and part of a large family; as well as one of quadruplet daughters born to Denna and Johnnie McKellar. Her faith is important to her as a product of West Catholic Girls’ High, Chestnut Hill College, Cheney and St. Joseph’s Universities. Katherine recently received her English as a Second Language (ESL) certification.
She is the wife of a US Navy Veteran, mother of two recent graduates who both went to Montgomery County Community College.
Katherine has received many awards and has served the Philadelphia School District as a teacher, administrative assistant and principal since 1983. She has won numerous awards for community involvement and leadership. Mrs. Carter continues to build and inspire others to do better and want more.
She is the union steward for International Brotherhood of Teamsters: CASA-Local 502, where she mentors and works with principals in her network with budgets, staffing and any other concern. Katherine works with many outside agencies at Locke to bring in grants and services; Children’s Hospital, Haverford Health Center, Drexel University Lindy Program, Transform Church, Mt. Pisgah Church, Health Partners Plan and ECS, (Episcopal Community Services).
Under her leadership, the school has received many awards and grants; Community School, PBIS, (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support), Promise Neighborhood, Blended Learning and Early Literacy.
Katherine has been told that her leadership style is one of trust, commitment and fairness. She has a thorough knowledge of school structures, data interpretation and aligning resources to meet the needs of teachers, students and the surrounding school community. These traits along with her excellent verbal skills, enables her to express herself and present topics indubitably.
She has a creative imagination that allows her to make connections for and with others so they are better able to be successful. Katherine’s most impressive ability is her team building. She built a team that is able to implement and support a shared vision. Ms. Carter has the physical energy and drive to excel no matter the demands of any situation.