Meet Our Principal Mr. Carter

Mr. Carter began his teaching career in 2003 as a 2nd/3rd grade teacher at Hall Elementary School. He taught at Hall until it closed in 2007, and was moved to James A. Cawood. After a year at James A. Cawood, Mr. Carter transferred to Cawood Elementary where he was the middle school Reading/Writing Specialist for four years. During his first ten years in education, Mr. Carter received the 2007 Harlan County Schools’ “Elementary Teacher of the Year”. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Campbellsville University “Excellence in Teaching” Award for middle school. Mr. Carter obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Lincoln Memorial University, his Master’s in Administration (Principalship) and his Rank I (K-12 Reading/Writing Specialist) at Union College.


Mr. Carter is also an ordained minister with the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee, and is senior pastor of New Covenant Church. He is married to Leighann Carter and has two children,
Jaycee (2nd grade at JACES), and Lia-Kate who is three years old. Being hired as principal at James A. Cawood Elementary School in the summer of 2013, Mr. Carter immediately adopted the motto “NEW BEGINNINGS!” After many years of praying the prayer, “God, please put me where I can be most influential for You,” he knew that JACES was exactly where God wanted him to be. With these “NEW BEGINNINGS” Mr. Carter firmly believes that with prayer, time/patience, hard work, and dedication, James A. Cawood will be the place to be and a school coveted by many in the community. Mr. Carter concludes, “I like to use the verse of scripture that says, ‘…forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.’ It’s a new day and a new way at James A.” 2 Job 7:13-22

Help Needed

If you would like to help or volunteer, we would love to have you. We encourage the parents of our students to play an active role in the education of their children and will welcome you at JACES.



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James A. Cawood Elementary
279 Ball Park Rd.
Harlan, KY 40831
Main Office: 606-573-5029
Phone: 606-573-1950
Fax: 606-573-2424