Mr. Gordon Stokes Named 2017 Outstanding New Principal

Ms. Poole also recognized at FCPS Honors

By Department of Human Resources
Spotlight
September 06, 2017

Congratulations to Principal Gordon Stokes who was recognized at the annual FCPS Honors event as the 2017 Outstanding New Principal!

When Mr. Stokes took over as principal at Carson in 2015, he knew he faced some challenges. Not only did he need to articulate a compelling instructional vision for the high-performing school, he also had to prove he could lead at a place where he’d formerly been a teacher. So he observed classes, got to know teachers, and asked what made Carson great and what could be better. He also reached out to students, informally, and in monthly group lunches. His first major action was to approve a move to a block schedule to allow more time for learning 221st-century skills. Colleagues praise him as a calming presence – a thinker who encourages discussion and innovation, “If it takes a village to teach a child,” says one, “Mr. Stokes is the perfect village leader.”

Congratulations as well to English teacher Barbara Poole was recognized as the Outstanding Secondary Teacher School and Pyramid-level Recipient!

Thank you to Elaine Clubb for all of her hard work with the nomination process by serving as this year's awards liaison.