Carter came to MDCS with a varied background. He obtained both a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Technical Theatre and Design from the University of Georgia and went on to work in professional theater.  He segued from theater to blacksmithing and spent the next ten years as the sole proprietor of his custom metalworking business. He became involved with the creation of MDCS in February, 2001 serving on both the committee that wrote the charter application and the founding board that began the process of making the application a reality. He stepped in to serve as co-director in October, 2003 and served as a lead administrator until February, 2023, when he began taking full advantage of his newfound status as an empty nester and stepped down from co-director to 100% remote work as CFO.  


“It was an indescribably rewarding experience to play an integral role in growing the school from an idea into one of the best public schools in the state. I am thrilled with the leadership team that has taken the reins as I take a step back.  MDCS couldn’t be in better hands.”

Carter currently lives a nomadic existence in the American west with his wife, Ellen, where they are enjoying skiing, rock climbing, biking, camping, exploring and reconnecting with old friends.


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