Billy Carroll was nominated by his spouse, Tracey Carroll.
Although Mr. Carroll wears many “hats” during the school year, he primarily serves as the engineering instructor at the Moss Point Career and Technical Education Center (MPCTE). He has been employed by the Moss Point School District (MPSD) since August 2008. MPSD is located along the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast in Moss Point, MS. Since 2008, Mr. Carroll has demonstrated the ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students, create a positive school atmosphere, provide leadership within the school, perform at a professional level, produce a nurturing atmosphere, and adhere to high moral and ethical standards.
Mr. Carroll is the instructor of the very first engineering program in MPSD. The MPCTE Engineering program was established in August 2015. Nine students were enrolled in the STEM cohort. During the 2021–2022 school year, enrollment climbed to 48 students. Learners have the option to enroll in the Principles of Engineering class in the ninth grade, Engineering I class in the 10th grade, Engineering II class in the 11th grade, and the Ingalls Shipbuilding Academy in the 12th grade. Upon completion of the STEM cohort, students have an opportunity to earn high school science credit, college scholarships, SolidWorks CSWA certification, a full-time job at Ingalls Shipbuilding, and/or college credit for STEM-related courses with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
The MPCTE Engineering program was selected as the Most Outstanding Program in Mississippi by the Mississippi Association for Career Technical Education (MSACTE) during the 2018–2019 academic school year. More recently, the MPCTE Engineering II students had a 100% pass rate on the Engineering I MS-CPAS during the 2020–2021 academic school year! The MS-CPAS is the test given to secondary MPCTE completers, and the results are used to measure technical-skill attainment, which is one of the core indicators of performance required for Perkins IV reporting. As a result, the MPCTE Engineering Year 1 program ranks #6 in Mississippi.
In addition to serving as the Engineering instructor, Mr. Carroll is the founder and coach of the Moss Point STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Team. The MP STEM Team is the first academic-based team in the district, but it faces financial difficulties. To overcome this dilemma, Mr. Carroll began writing grants. Since 2012, Mr. Carroll has written and received around $90,000 in grants to support the Engineering program and the MP STEM Team. The funds from these grants have been used to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students.
Research suggests that the jobs with highest demand in the future will be in STEM-related careers. Exposure to these STEM-related activities will make a beneficial difference in the lives of students by helping them develop a bigger picture of STEM-related careers and empowering them to create a vision for their future.
Mr. Carroll served on the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Committee in 2012. It was the first program of its kind in the district. As a committee member and eventual committee chair in 2015, Mr. Carroll was tasked with the responsibility of creating a positive MPCTE school atmosphere. Intrinsic rewards were implemented to reinforce desired student and teacher behavior. To fund the PBIS program, Mr. Carroll wrote a grant to start the first toner/inkjet recycling program in the district. To this day, he's intentional about creating a positive classroom atmosphere:
To fund these efforts to create a positive classroom atmosphere, Mr. Carroll writes grants.
Mr. Carroll began working in MPSD in August of 2008. Since that time, he had many opportunities to provide leadership within his school and district. Below is a listing of his at the school and district leadership roles:
Not only has Mr. Carroll been very instrumental in providing leadership in his school and district, but he has also gone above and beyond by providing leadership in his community. Mr. Carroll has served his community as:
Mr. Carroll has a record of excellent performance at the professional level. He has earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, a Master’s Degree in Education, a Specialist's Degree in Leadership, and is currently working on his dissertation to earn a Doctorate in Administration while maintaining a 4.0 GPA at the Doctorate level. All of Mr. Carroll’s students passed the 2020–2021 MS-CPAS2 (Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System) state test in Engineering I. As a result, his program ranks sixth out of 46 engineering programs in Mississippi.
Below is a listing of professional awards Mr. Carroll has received:
Below is a list of other grants Mr. Carroll has received:
Below is a list of awards Mr. Carroll's students have won:
Commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere
Mr. Carroll has made a firm commitment to producing a nurturing classroom atmosphere. In the classroom, he recognizes student birthdays at the end of each month with a song and cupcakes! Students who model positive classroom behavior are also recognized each month by being selected at the Robotics Engineering Student of the Month. Mr. Carroll also promotes a nurturing classroom atmosphere by communicating with parents at least once a week. When students miss class, Mr. Carroll immediately messages the parent to check on the well-being of each student. He has a very good rapport with each of his students. A day in his classroom is filled with smiling faces and laughter. Mr. Carroll has not had to refer a single student to the office this school year. He truly cares about each of his students. He even purchased shoes for one of his students that were in need.
Adherence to high moral and ethical standards
"Mr. Carroll strictly adheres to high moral and ethical standards," said Carroll. "He's always at work, and he continually seeks professional development to assist him in becoming a better teacher. He does not entertain gossip and always conducts himself in a very professional manner. Mr. Carroll isn't the type of educator who “hangs around the water fountain” at work. He's well-respected by his colleagues. When people need help, he is their “go-to guy”. He always offers to lend a hand. If it wasn’t for Mr. Carroll, many new and even seasoned teachers would have a very difficult time performing their jobs. Need computer help? Call Mr. Carroll. Dealing with a student with behavioral problems? Call Mr. Carroll. Having a bad day at work? Call Mr. Carroll."