Please join us in congratulating Propel Schools Superintendent, Dr. Carol Wooten, the 2013 recipient of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education’s Departmental Alumni Award, from the Department of Administrative Policy Studies. This award is the department’s highest designated award, bestowed to Dr. Wooten for her many professional accomplishments. Dr. Wooten will be presented with her award at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education Alumni Reception in March.
Dr. Wooten is the Superintendent/ CEO of Propel Charter Schools, currently operating nine urban public schools offering a high performance option for families who otherwise would not have one. Prior to this appointment she was the Superintendent of the South Side Area School District. She has taught biology, chemistry, and German in both public and private schools and has been an adjunct professor at Robert Morris University and Point Park University. Dr. Wooten worked as a researcher for the University of Pittsburgh documenting and evaluating a program aimed at reducing the drop-out rate in the Pittsburgh Public High schools. Following work on curriculum, instruction, and C&T Ed in the Mars Area School School District, she was a middle/high school principal in the Riverview School District. Prior to becoming the Superintendent of the South Side Area School District she served as the middle school principal, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction and Assistant Superintendent. She served on the Executive Board of Pennsylvania ASCD where she chaired the Committee for Curriculum and Instruction. She is a member of the Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents and serves on the Executive Committee. She has had experience in public schools in Germany and Japan. Dr. Wooten has written and received numerous technology grants totaling almost two million dollars. She has been on the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity for over ten years. She was the co-chair of the Three Rivers Connect Board of Directors, serves on the Point Park University Undergraduate Ed Advisory Committee and the Advisory Board for the Frieda G. Shapira Center for Learning Through Service at CCAC. She serves on the Let’s Move Pittsburgh Advisory Board. She received the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award in 2011 from the University of Pittsburgh’s University Council for Educational Administration.