Meet the Superintendent: Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen
Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen, newly appointed Superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools, brings with her nearly 20 years of education and experience in diverse, urban public school districts including Austin, Texas, Saint Paul, Minn. and the District of Columbia. She will lead and provide oversight to a district with an $850 million budget, approximately 49,000 students, 7,000 employees, and 105 learning sites.
Dr. Carstarphen comes to Atlanta with an impressive record in transformative educational leadership that has led to significant student performance gains.
“Today marks a critical step toward achieving educational excellence for our students. This is an important moment for our children, communities and our city,” said Courtney D. English, Atlanta Board of Education chair. “Given her focus on the development of the whole child, and using a collaborative approach to see that students achieve, I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Carstarphen’s leadership. She is the right leader at the right time for our system who will deliver the best education possible to our students. It’s time for Atlanta to believe again.”
Dr. Carstarphen was selected as the sole finalist for superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools on March 27, 2014. Since then, she has attended more than 50 events in all six school board districts and every cluster, reaching well over 1,000 members of the community, including parents and community members.
“I look forward to working with the Atlanta community to ensure that every child has access to a quality education so that they have quality choices in life,” says Dr. Carstarphen. “I’m honored and humbled by Atlanta’s belief and confidence in me as we work together to restore pride in Atlanta Public Schools.”
Dr. Carstarphen is excited to be in Atlanta. She is eager to join the Board of Education and the Atlanta community in working collaboratively to make Atlanta Public Schools the best in the nation.