Dr. Kay Carl
Dr. P. Kay Carl was born and grew up in Ashland, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor's Degree at Wittenberg University; her Masters of Education Degree at Case Western Reserve University, both Ohio institutions. Following college, Kay taught as a parish worker for the Lutheran Church in Indiana, California and Ohio. She went back to Wittenberg University as Assistant to the Dean of Women. Subsequently, she taught and was a counselor in North Bergen, NJ. She arrived in Las Vegas in 1970 and was hired by the Clark County School District as a counselor for Sunset High School, the first night high school developed in the United States. Dr. Carl served in the Pupil Personnel Services Department and then returned to Sunset High School as director. The years as principal of Kit Carson Sixth Grade Center, which was part of the desegregation plan for the district in effect at that time, were some of the most exciting years in her career. "It was a unique experience to have blossoming adolescents all together for a year," she remembers.
During those years, Kay sought and earned her Doctorate in Education Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As the Clark County School District expanded, there were new schools to open and Kay was asked to open Frank Kim Elementary School. "The staff at Frank Kim was exceptional. It was a pleasure to work with them every day," Kay reports. However, at the end of the first year at Frank Kim, Brian Cram, newly appointed CCSD Superintendent, asked her to serve as Assistant Superintendent in the Elementary Division.
The division was later expanded to include the curriculum department. Dr. Carl retired as Assistant Superintendent Elementary and Curriculum Divisions after 30 years of outstanding service for CCSD in July, 2000.
In each of the positions held by Dr. Carl, she touched thousands of children's lives and left a lasting impression on individuals who worked with her. Her dedication and intense focus on meeting the concerns of children, directly or indirectly under her supervision, was exemplary.