County Superintendent of Schools Honored

Yavapai County Superintendent of Schools Tim Carter was selected as recipient of the prestigious Barbara Robey Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Arizona School Board Association during its annual winter conference.

Carter was praised for his more than 50 years of service to public education.

During the Scottsdale meeting, board members praised Carter for his longtime and dedicated service to students, teachers, the greater community and the state of Arizona.

Following an appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey and confirmation by the Arizona Senate, Carter served as a member of the Arizona State School Board of Education, where he served as vice president and president. 

Carter has been Yavapai County Superintendent of Schools since July of 2005. Since then, he has been selected by voters in every election. He directs educational services to 26 school districts, 24 charter schools and 102 school campuses around the county. 

Prior to being county superintendent, Carter had been a teacher, assistant principal and then principal of Prescott High School, where he worked from 1979 until he retired in 2003. He then taught college and university level courses for Yavapai College and the University of Phoenix.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame by Grand Canyon University in 2017.

The Tombstone native grew up on a ranch until he attended Grand Canyon University, where he was a star athlete. He later earned a graduate degree at Northern Arizona University. He holds certifications from the University of Phoenix. Before moving to Prescott, Carter had taught and coached in the White Mountains.  

He has many other honors and recognitions, including being named 2010 Educational Leader of the Year for Public Policy. He also has been named Arizona School Administrator of the Year. In 2018, Carter was selected for the AdvancED Circle of Excellence.

Married to Linda, a former teacher, he has two adult children, daughter Cierra and son Levi. He has one grandson, Skyler.

In accepting the award, Carter said, “I have had the honor of working with family and fellow elected officials and educational servants throughout Arizona. It has been a humbling experience.”

Photo: Tim Carter