LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Karen Carter

Position: CDCA Special Education Teacher
School: Spring Hill Elementary School
School District: Knox County Schools
City, State: Knoxville, TN

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Karen Carter was nominated by her colleague, Amy Plumlee.

Ms. Carter has all the attributes of a LifeChanger. She has been committed to Spring Hill Elementary for more than 20 years.  She has touched the lives of her students and families in the best possible light. Ms. Carter has been a leader in her school, mentoring many teachers and students both on school life and the special qualities of her very special students. She has educated so many people on diversity and acceptance of children.

Ms. Carter has also been a spiritual leader to so many at Spring Hill by praying with and for staff, families, children, and community. She builds character, not only in her students, but in staff members, as well.  Being a part of her class is something everyone wants because of the confidence and love she builds in each child.

"Karen is an outstanding person and educator, and she is truly a gift to Spring Hill Elementary.  Karen has changed so many lives," said Plumlee.



Comments (5)


Christyn Kirkpatrick Posted 15 days ago

I have had the privilege of working with Karen for many years. I have watched her go above and beyond for not just her students but also our staff. She is an amazing role model to all. She is so patient and supportive to her students. It is a joy to watch them grow. Thank you for all you do Karen.

Rebecca Lambson Posted 15 days ago

Karen is an amazing educator who deeply cares for all her students even after they have left her room. Numerous times I know her former students have called the school and she spends the time to talk with them. She definitely has changed many lives and all those who know her are lucky to do so!

Amy Plumlee Posted 17 days ago

So honored to be your friend! You have done so much for your school, friends, and those precious kiddos you teach! You have also change so many prejudices about children with special needs! Keep up your awesome work! Love you!

Brandy Posted 18 days ago

Ms. Carter is a ray of sunshine in her building. She rises above the rest and truly shines for her students and her fellow teachers. It is a honor to know Ms. Carter.

Tommie Branscum Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Carter is always so patient and kind with both students and staff members. She is always looking for ways to enrich the lives of the students in her class and also students throughout the building as well. She is an integral part of the Spring Hill community and she is certainly a life changer to us every day.