Clinical Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Carla Adams


Carla Carpenter Adams, a retired educator, was hired in August of 2022 as a clinical faculty advisor at the Center of Excellence for Educator Preparation and Innovation at Voorhees University. She began her educational career as a first-grade teacher at Blaney Elementary School in Kershaw County Schools in 1991. She has served as a kindergarten and second-grade teacher in Lexington School District Two; and as an administrative assistant principal in District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties. Mrs. Adams joined the Richland School District One team in 2020 where she worked as an assistant principal at Mill Creek Elementary School. She also worked in the Teaching and Learning Department as a district early childhood science consultant.

She is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education. 

Among her honors and accomplishments, she was the 2013-2014 District Teacher of the Year for Lexington District Two, and the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year at Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology in Lexington District Two. Mrs. Adams was nominated by parents in Lexington Two to receive the 2012-2013 WLTX TV Golden Apple Teacher Award.

She is a member of the National Education Association, South Carolina Education Association, Palmetto State Teachers Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Other professional service and development credentials include training in Teacher Clarity, Micro-Credentials, 4.0 Rubric evaluator and trainer, mentor and evaluator using Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Professional Teaching (ADEPT) and the Summative ADEPT Formal Evaluation of Classroom-Based Teachers (SAFE-T); and Student Learning Objectives.

She also developed and coordinated a male mentoring program at Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology Professional Organizations.

Mrs. Adams earned a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education from South Carolina State University; a Master of Education in Divergent Learning from Columbia College, and a Master of Education in administration from Grand Canyon University.

She is married to Brian P. Adams, and they have two sons, Brandon C. Adams and Brent C. Adams.

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