National Principals Month Profile: Dr. Eric Carlyle, Principal of Midway Hills Academy
DR. ERIC CARLYLE
New to the Baldwin County School District school leadership team is Dr. Eric Carlyle, Principal of Midway Hills Academy. Dr. Carlyle officially joined the Midway Mustangs in July and has embraced his new school family with open arms.
Dr. Carlyle has worked in public education for 27 years. Although new to the school district, he is no stranger to serving in a leadership capacity. His leadership experience includes 6 years as an elementary school Assistant Principal, 10 years as a middle school Principal, and 4 years of central office experience, 2 of which were in Fulton County Schools.
Starting a new school year amidst a pandemic is no easy task, but Dr. Carlyle stepped up to the plate and with continued support from Midway Hills Academy staff and parents his first year has begun successfully.
"The staff at MHA is committed to helping our students reach their full potential. We are working to build the capacity of our staff during these unprecedented times. Our parents and school community have been extremely supportive of our efforts to educate during this pandemic and that has meant a great deal to me," he said.
Originally from Twin City, Georgia, Dr. Carlyle has one son, Jalen, who is a student at Tuskegee University. His path towards furthering his education began at Georgia Southern University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and his Master's Degree in Middle Grades Education from Georgia Southern University, followed by his Specialist Degree in Education from Columbus State University. He moved on to pursue his Doctorate and received a Doctorate Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University.
Dr. Carlyle has always seen himself working in the Baldwin County School District and when the opportunity came, he seized it.
"I interviewed for another position with BCSD, and during those interviews, I really began to see myself working in this district in some capacity. I am excited to be a part of such a progressive school district with experienced, forward-thinking leadership!"
His goals for Midway Hills Academy is to help students reach their full potential and exceed expectations.
"In these first years as principal, I'd like to see our students rise to new levels of academic success. We are striving to make substantial gains in student achievement and receive recognition for getting more students closer or on grade level, specifically in Reading and Math."
Dr. Carlyle considers himself as a servant leader and he regularly exercises distributive leadership in the decision making process.
"It is vitally important for me to engage colleagues and other stakeholders in the work of educating our students."
Being principal of Midway Hills Academy is not just a job for him; it is a passion and a calling.
"I am passionate about this work, and I believe that, collectively, we are moving our school in the right direction. Instead of viewing the pandemic as a hindrance, we are approaching this as an opportunity to examine all practices and beliefs that have governed the work at MHA. This is a calling that’s bigger than me."
Thank you Dr. Carlyle for your commitment and dedication to Midway Hills Academy.