Carver Dual Language School Principal
Mike Coulter joined the Carver Dual Language staff in 2012. The 2019-20 school year will be his fifth year as Carver’s principal after previously serving as a 3rd and 4th grade teacher, math interventionist, and vice principal at the school. Prior to working at Carver, Mike was a second and third grade teacher in the Maryville (MO) and Ft. Osage school districts, a principal for 25 years in Cuba (MO), Lee’s Summit, and Hope Leadership Academy in Kansas City. He also was an instructor at Kansas Starbase, a STEM program for upper elementary students sponsored by the Department of Defense.
Mr. Coulter holds three degrees from Northwest Missouri State University: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Science in Elementary Administration, and Education Specialist in Elementary Administration and the Superintendency. He has completed additional graduate work at the University of Missouri and the University of Central Missouri. Mike comes from a family of educators—both of his parents and his wife, Leasa, have all been teachers. Mike and Leasa live in rural Jackson County, near Grain Valley. They have two children. John is an artist, living in Los Angeles, and Mark, operates a business in Oak Grove. Mike’s hobbies and interests include nature photography, traveling, fishing, reading historical fiction and non-fiction, the Kansas City Royals, and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Carver Dual Language School Vice Principal
Mr. Andrew Murphy holds a BS in Elementary Education from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, a MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Park University in Parkville, Missouri, and a MS in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. He has been a teacher at Carver Dual Language for the last six years.
Mr. Murphy has a passion for multicultural education, which started from the many opportunities he had to travel during his undergraduate time at Graceland University. He completed teaching practicums and student taught in Falmouth, Jamaica, Ndola, Zambia, and in Suva, Fiji. This focus on multicultural education and equity led him to apply for Teach for America, an organization that “works toward the day when every child will receive an excellent and equitable education.” After serving his two years at Carver Dual Language, as an ELL teacher and classroom teacher, he decided to stay and continue working at Carver.
At Carver, Mr. Murphy has been a part of the instructional leadership team and most recently served in a hybrid position of half-time teacher and half-time instructional coach. During these years, he was a part of a teacher-led team that made huge programmatic shifts to the dual language model used at Carver. These changes were nationally recognized as he and the team of teachers at Carver (Amanda Niedzwiecki, Morgan McPartland, Alex Ornelas, and Debbie Alexander) were recognized as national finalists for Teach for America’s Sue Lehmann Award in the fall of 2019.
Traveling is a huge passion of Mr. Murphy’s. He’s been fortunate to combine his love of traveling with his love of education through leading professional development sessions in Spain, Zambia, and throughout the United States on best practices in dual language education and teaching foundational literacy skills. Most recently, he has spent summers in Zambia mentoring teachers for HealthEd Connect’s community schools.
“I am so fortunate to be able to serve the students, families, and teachers at Carver. I have found a home at Carver because it’s a special place that not only has caring teachers, but effective teachers who have put systems in place to ensure that students are bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural by the end of sixth grade.”
In his free time, Mr. Murphy enjoys traveling, reading, playing piano, pickleball, tennis, card games, and spending time with family and friends.