CATEC to get new director in July

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center will soon be under new leadership.

Charlottesville City Schools says the principal of Buford Middle School, Stephanie Carter, will become CATEC's new director, succeeding Dr. Daphne Keiser.

Keiser has accepted a new role as Director of Education Quality at Albemarle County Public Schools.

“Ms. Carter has served in multiple capacities within Charlottesville Schools for more than a decade, and the value of her leadership throughout our schools and community cannot be overstated,” said Charlottesville Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins.

“Stephanie Carter's experience and accomplishments as an innovative and empathic school leader will have an immediate impact at CATEC,” said Albemarle Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas. “She values the importance of putting students at the center of learning and of business and community partnerships. I look forward to working with her in continuing he strong upward momentum we've seen at CATEC under Daphne Keiser's direction, including the expansion of real-world learning programs.”

Before becoming the principal at Buford, Carter was in charge of the Charlottesville City Schools division's career and technical education program and earned the 2008 Virginia Department of Education award for excellence in career and technical education programs.

She also oversaw the transformation of Lugo-McGinness Academy, turning it into a state model for trauma-sensitive, student-centered education.

Carter has also worked as an administrator at Charlottesville High School, where she led the launch of the virtual education program for the division.

She will take on her new role on July 1.

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