Kirk Carpenter spent thirty-one years in public education, all in the Aztec Municipal School District. While in the district, Carpenter spent eight years as a teacher. The last twenty-three years have been spent in administration, six years as Assistant Principal, two and a half years as Principal, two and a half as Deputy Superintendent, and twelve years as Superintendent. Coaching football and baseball were important parts of Carpenter’s career for a total of fourteen years.
At the state level, Carpenter served on the Board of the New Mexico Activity Association, was the President for the Board of the Cooperative Educational Services for the State of New Mexico, President of the New Mexico Superintendent’s Association, and on the board of the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders. Carpenter considers one of his greatest accomplishments to be the Sandy Hook promise programs, and helping to bring them to other superintendents and school districts in the State of New Mexico.
In 2014, Carpenter received one of the highest honors in his educational career when his fellow Superintendents voted him as the New Mexico Superintendent of the Year. Additionally, in 2021 he was inducted into the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders Hall of Fame. Mr. Carpenter loves working in education and considers himself blessed to be able to serve educators and students in our great country.
When the Wolf Comes Knocking at your School House Door, Will you be Ready?On December 7, 2017 evil came onto our campus and took two innocent lives and then his own. The incident lasted 9 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 learn through our experience.
Participants will hear details from an actual active shooter event on December 7, 2017 at Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico.
- Participants will understand that building a culture of safety requires purposeful training.
- 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 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 understand how to 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 be able to ensure that the drills they are performing are done with purpose and fidelity.