Che’ Carter named new principal of Huron High School

‘Hometown kid’ sees himself as a ‘servant-leader’ called to serve AAPS families

Ché Carter

Ché Carter, principal of Clague Middle School since 2013, has been named the new principal of Huron High School, replacing the recently retired Janet Schwamb.

“I am overjoyed to have the privilege to serve as the next principal of my alma mater, Huron High School, featuring the International Baccalaureate World Program,” says Carter. “Huron has always been a special place where parents, teachers, staff, and the community care for each other and build positive relationships that support academic and social-emotional growth. In solidarity with the Huron team, I am committed to the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and academic excellence.”

Carter brings a lifetime of experience, education, and deep ties in the Ann Arbor community as a Huron High School alum, as well as serving as a teacher and administrator within the Ann Arbor Public Schools for many years.  He has achieved a proven record of leadership excellence at Clague Middle school, named a National School to Watch in 2017 by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform; his depth and breadth of life and leadership experience give him a unique perspective and preparation that will serve the Huron community well.  

Carter began his career with the Ann Arbor Public Schools, teaching first and second-grades at Bryant Elementary and later as Principal of Pattengill Elementary.  While serving as Forsythe Middle School Assistant Principal, he also held a mentoring role as the Assistant Coach of the Huron High School Football team. 

The 1992 Huron High School graduate received a Bachelor of Science in Language Arts from Eastern Michigan University, where he was awarded Outstanding Student of the Year from the College of Education.  In addition, he received a Master of Arts, K-12 Curriculum and Instruction degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Superintendent Jeanice Swift extends a special thank you to the teachers, staff, parents, and community members who served on the interview teams during a robust selection process. 

For a more in-depth look at Ché Carter, refer to this 2017 profile of him in the AAPS District News.

In the profile, Carter sees himself as a “servant-leader” called to serve Ann Arbor families.

“I’m a hometown kid,” he said, “and now I’m just looking at one thing: How can I best serve more people?”

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