New School Administrator Series: Shelly Charter

This is part of a series to help the public learn about Bourbon County’s newest school administrators.

Shelly Carter. Photo submitted.

Shelly Charter, 48, is the new principal of Winfield Scott Elementary School in Fort Scott.

Winfield Scott Elementary School, 316 W. 10th Street, Fort Scott.

Charter received her Bachelor of Science in Education and Masters in Gifted Education from Emporia State University, as well as a Construction Leadership Certificate from Pittsburg State University.

She was a Tri-County Interlocal #607 gifted facilitator for three years, an elementary grade 3 teacher for 20 years, and a title 1 math instructor for 2 years.

Charter has two sons, AJ (23) and Aiden (22) and a daughter, Lynnsey (20), and Dexter, his Golden Retriever dog.

In her community, she has been involved in various church activities, served as a FabLab instructor and head director of the Verizon Innovative Learning STEM camp for middle schoolers, a Zumba class, and enjoys traveling to new places.

His hometown is Independence, Kansas.

Why did you become an educator?

“I became an educator to make a difference in the lives of my students. I wanted to teach them that anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

Has anyone inspired you?

“I was inspired by my Grade 3 teacher, Ms. Wanda Rush. She made every student feel important.

What’s the best thing about being an educator?

“The best thing about being an educator is knowing that I could be the one person who inspired a student to do their best and never give up on their dreams.”

What is a challenge?

“Not being able to change the circumstances that affect a child’s life outside of the school environment.”

Martha K. Merrill