Perspectives: New B-V Elementary principal excited for next chapter

Her new principalship at Barlow-Vincent Elementary School isn’t Robin Carter’s first gig as a school administrator.

“For the last two years I was principal at Roosevelt Elementary, a K-6 school in Mason County, W.Va. The staff and students there were great,” she said. “But I’m originally from southeast Ohio, and when this opportunity became available I chose it. I’m honored and excited to be able to come here.”

Initially from Gallipolis, her parents moved to Columbus where Carter grew up, but she eventually married and returned to Gallia County where she taught in the Gallipolis City Schools system.

“I also served as a special education and curriculum director in Perry County schools,” Carter said, noting she’s spent more than 25 years in elementary education.

She’s joining an entirely new administrative team at the Warren Local School District that includes two new principals, a new superintendent and new assistant principals, including her own assistant principal, Shane Freshour who is transferring into that post from an 11-year teaching position with Belpre City Schools.

“Robin and I have been piecing together our individual strengths as we begin looking to the new school year,” he said. “I think this is an exciting new challenge for both of us. And we’ll be working with an exceptional staff here at Barlow-Vincent.”

Freshour, 36, is a graduate of Marietta College who currently resides in Parkersburg, W.Va., with his wife, Tara, and their three children.

“I’m just really excited to be getting this school year under way,” he said.

Carter and Freshour have been spending the last several days in planning and getting to know their fellow staff members.

“It’s great to be working with Mr. Freshour during his first year as an administrator,” Carter said. “This week we’ve met with our leadership team and with PTO leaders. And we have plans to expand that organization, to offer more support for parents and teachers. We’re also looking for a formal partner in education for Barlow-Vincent.”

She said the main focus will be on student achievement at Barlow-Vincent Elementary which has received excellent academic ratings from the Ohio Department of Education in the past two years.

“But I’m also looking forward to getting to know the community,” Carter said, noting the local area is much like Point Pleasant, W.Va., where she served in Mason County.

“We’ll be out and about. You need to be aware of what’s going on in the surrounding community and get to know the people who live here,” she said.