Dr. Josh Carter named principal of Science Hill High School


Johnson City Schools has announced that Dr. Josh Carter has been selected as the next principal for Science Hill High School. Carter was named the interim principal in December when he replaced Todd Barnett, who became Supervisor of Middle Schools and Instruction for Johnson City Schools. 

Josh Carter

“Josh is doing a fantastic job of leading the students and faculty at Science Hill,” Johnson City Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Barnett said. “We look forward to him continuing the tradition of excellence that has become synonymous with Science Hill. Dr. Carter has a great vision for the future of Science Hill, and I look forward to watching him work with the students, staff and community to continue to provide opportunities for all students at Science Hill.” 

Carter has worked at Science Hill for the past 22 years, starting as an English teacher in 1999. He was named the 2009 Science Hill Teacher of the Year before leaving the classroom to become an assistant principal in 2012. 

“I am very excited to be named Principal at Science Hill High School,” Carter said. “Science Hill has a long tradition of superb academics, championship athletics, and outstanding fine arts. I am honored to be a part of such tradition and success. I am most excited, however, about the coming days of this school year, as we look forward to a strong finish for all of our students. We are especially looking forward to celebrating our seniors and all of their accomplishments during graduation.”   

Carter received his Bachelors of Arts in English from Milligan College in 1999 before receiving his Master of Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 2008 and his Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University in 2010. Most recently, Carter received a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Milligan College in 2019. Carter is married to his wife of 18 years, Jennifer, and they have two children, Maddie (8) and Jack (5). 

Barnett was principal at Science Hill for three and a half years before accepting the position at Central Office. With the city preparing to transition to two 6-8 middle schools, Barnett has been helping oversee instruction, safety and mental health.


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