Episode 126: The Journey of a School Board Member Mom

There’s no better time than today to get involved with what’s going on in our children’s lives, especially in the public school setting. Our guest, Kelly Carter, is a recently elected official on her school board, and she’s here to tell us how God has strategically fit the puzzle pieces of her life together to prepare her for this great assignment.

Ready to hear the spiritual and practical steps Kelly took to become an elected official on her school board? Let’s go!

KELLY CARTER and her husband, Joe, have been married 23 years and have 8 children. After high school, Kelly attended Messiah University for two years as an Elementary Education Major. She transferred to Rowan University to finish her degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Math and Science.

While attending high school and college, Kelly worked in daycare and as an aide in an elementary classroom. 

When she graduated from college, she began working in her hometown as a Kindergarten teacher. She had two children and then moved to Pennsylvania for her husband’s job. 

In Pennsylvania, Kelly worked for a local church in several leadership roles within their kidMinistry. Kelly and Joe have also been involved in the foster care system for the last ten years and have adopted five of their eight children through foster care. Kelly is a part-time substitute teacher as she cares for her four year old at home and manages the many appointments, schedules and laundry. 

Kelly’s life experiences have uniquely prepared her to step into the role of a School Board director. Having children throughout the district also gives her a ground level perspective to aid in decision making within the Board.


Matthew 6:34 – do not worry about tomorrow 

Turn your eyes upon Jesus – Lauren Daigle

So Will I – 100 Billion X

Gratitude – Brandon Lake

Psalm 34:6 – Seek peace and pursue it

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