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New principal coming to Carter-Lawrence Elementary

Following the retirement of principal Karen Hamilton, Carter-Lawrence Elementary Schools welcomes Inta Sanford as its new leader effective immediately. Sanford is the daughter of elementary school teachers and has spent her entire career in Metro Schools, including a brief period teaching at Carter-Lawrence. Since 2008, she has been gaining invaluable experience as an assistant principal at Andrew Jackson Elementary, a high performing school that earned the coveted Reward School status last year for growth in student achievement. She is also a graduate of the Principal Leadership Institute, a partnership between Metro Schools and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, and took a learning expedition to South China Normal University with Vanderbilt’s Educational Leadership Learning Exchange.

“I strongly believe that all students are capable of learning at high levels if we work together as a community to achieve our common goals,” said Sanford. “In my brief time at Carter-Lawrence this year, I have seen a great deal of potential in the students and the teachers. My goal is to equip them all with the resources and skills they need to create a positive learning environment that welcomes exploration, provides rigor and builds relationships.

Sanford holds a bachelor’s in elementary and middle school education and earned her master’s in educational leadership in 2005. Prior to joining Andrew Jackson, she was an assistant principal at Hattie Cotton Elementary and taught at Carter-Lawrence, Lakeview Elementary and Wright Middle. Sanford has been serving as interim principal at Carter-Lawrence since January 5 in Ms. Hamilton’s absence.