This is Kirk Carpenter’s 29th year in education, all of which have been spent with the Aztec Municipal School District. He is married to his best friend Teresa of 29 years, and though they have no children, they enjoy the company of their four dogs. Kirk was born and raised in Farmington, New Mexico and still lives there. He attended college at New Mexico Highlands University for my bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, with a Minor in History and received his Master’s degree in School Administration from New Mexico State University. While in the district, Kirk spent eight years as a teacher of special education and history. Coaching was also an important part of his career at Aztec High School. He spent six years coaching football and fourteen years in the baseball program, twelve of those were as a head coach. The last twenty one years have been spent in administration, including six years as an Assistant Principal, two in-a-half years as a Principal, and another two-in-a half as a Deputy Superintendent, and he is in his ninth year as the Superintendent. Mr. Carpenter served as the President of the New Mexico Superintendent’s Association, currently serves on the Board of the New Mexico Activity Association, New Mexico Coalition of Education Leaders, and is the President for the Board of the Cooperative Educational Services. In 2014, Mr. Carpenter received one of his highest honors in his educational career when his fellow Superintendents voted him as the New Mexico Superintendent of the Year. Kirk loves what he does and consider himself blessed to be able to serve children, because there is nothing more important than preparing them for their future.
No one is exempt from evil knocking at your door! It happened to us. Are you ready?On December 7, 2017 evil came onto our campus and took two innocent lives and then his own. The incident lasted five minutes, but changed our community forever. The staff saved many lives that day because they reacted to years of purposeful practice, training, and the networking done with local emergency officials and law enforcement. Hear our story and what we learned through our experience.
Learning Objectives and Participant OutcomesParticipants will understand that building a culture of safety is more than planning and networking, its about purposeful training and taking action.
- Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of conducting purposeful drills and ensuring they’re done on a routine basis.
- Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of developing networks so best practices can be implemented to improve school safety.
- Participants will learn that school safety plans should include comprehensive exercises with law enforcement and other emergency services.
- Participants will understand how years of working with local Emergency Management and law enforcement saved lives on the day of our incident.
- Participants will learn that a culture of safety is not a destination, it is an on going journey that we must continually develop and refine.
- Participants will be able to identify, conduct and practice emergency drills more purposefully and effectively.
- Participants will be able to identify and list what agencies they need to collaborate with to make their safety plans more complete.
- Participants will be able to identify lead agencies in their communities that they need to partner with to make full scale drills more effective.
- Participants will take lessons learned from the events in Aztec and apply them to help improve their safety plans.
- Participants will be able to plan regular updates and meetings to continually update and adjust safety manuals on a regular basis.