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Lakesha Carson

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Principal's Bio


Lakesha Carson, Ed. S., is currently serving as principal at East Lake Academy of Fine Arts (ELA). She began serving as principal in August 2012.

Carson comes to ELA after spending two years at Orchard Knob Middle School as assistant principal and two years at The Howard School as assistant principal; three years at Hamilton County Adult High School; and five years at Ooltewah High School where she taught math. While at The Howard School, she was responsible for launching the Ninth Grade Academy.

Her mission is to create a collaborative learning environment for students to become future scholars who are prepared to solve complex problems in an increasingly changing world. Carson focuses on social and academic development in all students. Through rigorous and engaging curriculum, she wants ELA to lead the district in producing high-school-ready students.

She promotes high standards of excellence in and outside the classroom. Carson oversees the development and implementation of innovative problem-based learning activities (e.g. Vertical Planter Gardens and Makerspace areas) designed to transform students’ lives.

Carson collaborated with several companies to introduce Google Chromebooks to ELA to drive technological excellence. Her passion for academic excellence continued in 2013, when she was awarded approximately $300k to focus on STEM related projects and after school programs.

Carson received her B.S. in Math Education from the University of Tennessee, a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed. S. in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Tech University. Carson’s professional service has included membership in the East Lake Parks Steering Committee and Crisis Services.

She enjoys traveling, playing sports, cooking, mentoring, and coaching basketball, soccer and track.

"When you learn, teach, when you get, give.”

--Dr. Maya Angelou

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