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John (Chris) Canter
2009 Alumni Classroom Fellow
Miami, FL

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Bio/Overview: Canter is the Assistant Principal at Downtown Miami Charter School in Miami, Fla. Prior to this, Canter has served as an assistant principal and central office administrator in both public and private sectors. He previously taught English and Journalism at Pope High School in Marietta, Ga., one of the top performing schools in the state. During his tenure, he taught Contemporary Literature, Ninth Grade Honors Literature and Composition, Yearbook Journalism and Newspaper Journalism. Canter is also a licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church, International. He consults with churches and Christian schools on school and community engagement, leadership development, school and church growth, and evangelism.

Educational Values/Philosophy: Canter works to transform schools into learning organizations that value collaboration of everyone involved: students, teachers, educators, and the community. Canter holds firm to the belief that while all children can learn, children acquire knowledge in different ways. Canter aims to use differentiated instructional methods and collaboration to help all students reach their fullest potentials.

Achievements: Canter advised two national award-winning publications, Panache Yearbook, and The Greyhound Tracks student newspaper. Both publications routinely won first place honors at state, regional, and national competitions. Canter was named a 2010 Georgia Master Teacher by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, an honor bestowed upon less than ten percent of Georgia teachers. Canter has also been awarded as a 2010 Outstanding Young Educator Award Honoree by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The Professional Association of Georgia Educators named Canter a 2010 STAR Teacher for his impact upon the lives of his students. Canter was also named Georgia's Scholastic Journalism Adviser of the Year by the Georgia Scholastic Press Association.

Leadership Experience: Canter has served in several educational leadership positions, including Assistant Principal, School Improvement Specialist, and Curriculum Support Teacher. During his tenure as a Leadership Intern, Canter served in various leadership capacities at both the district and local school levels. Canter is also the State Secretary for Georgia’s largest independent professional organization for educators, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Outside of the classroom, Canter is known in Georgia for work in Holocaust Education, geared toward fellow teachers and students alike.

Affiliations: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals, Georgia Holocaust Commission, Journalism Education Association, National Association for Gifted Children, National Council of Teachers of English, Professional Association of Georgia Educators

Education: Canter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Georgia State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Concordia University, Portland, and two Specialist in Education degrees, one in Educational Psychology (Gifted and Creative Education) from The University of Georgia and one in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. Canter is currently working on a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University.

Areas of Interest/Expertise:

  • Assessment
  • Educational Budgeting
  • Curriculum Design
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Policy
  • Gifted Education
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Last Modified: 09/08/2015