Carter the new principal at RC High
Current principal Robert Steffen to take over same position at Tech High
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By Dave Williams  April 11, 2014 12:00 am

Pending ratification from the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District Board of Trustees, Amie Carter will be the new principal at Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park next school year.

The Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet May 13 at 6 p.m. at Mountain Shadows Educational Center.

Carter currently is serving as principal at Thomas Page Academy in Cotati. Before coming to the CRPUSD, Carter was an English teacher and an assistant principal at Ripon High School in Ripon, just north of Modesto. She and her family live in Petaluma.

She’ll take over for current principal Robert Steffen, who will be replacing CRPUSD Superintendent and current Technology High’s principal Robert Haley. Carter beat out nine other candidates from all over the nation for the job.

“As wonderful as it has been to be super and principal, I felt I needed to return to super full time next year,” Haley said. “Robert Steffen has done a remarkable job at Rancho Cotate. It’s a new challenge and opportunity for him to serve, and he has the skill set we can use at Tech High.”

Carter has enjoyed her tenure as an elementary school principal, but her passion for high school led her to inquire about the Rancho Cotate High School position as soon as she saw it was available.

“I feel like I’ve got strong high school background,” Carter said. “I’m eager to get back to the high school level. I’ve always been focused on high school, and when the opportunity came up, I asked Superintendent Haley if he wouldn’t mind if I threw my hat in the ring. I feel like I understand the culture at the school district.”

Carter did not make the decision to pursue the Rancho Cotate position without thinking about the needs of her current school, but she believed the conditions were right for the change and further believed the needs of both schools could be served.

“As I deeply care for our Thomas Page family, the decision to apply for Rancho was not one I took lightly and I viewed it as an opportunity to expand my service and have a greater impact – not only as your children enter high school, but also as all other district students move to high school,” Carter wrote in a letter to Thomas Page parents. “I love this school and our community and we have established an excellent foundation for Thomas Page’s growth as a K-8 Academy over time.”

Carter completed her undergraduate studies at Northern Arizona University ,earning a B.A. in English. She completed two graduate degrees at California State University Stanislaus ,earning an M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing and a M.A. in Educational Leadership.

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