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Cara Carter promoted to chief technology officer

Cara Carter promoted to chief technology officer
A headshot of Cara Carter
Cara Carter

Northwest ISD has named Cara Carter as its new chief technology officer, promoting a 19-year district veteran who has led major technology initiatives over the past seven years.

Ms. Carter has served as executive director of technology for the district since 2019. In that role, she led the quick transition to remote learning during the COVID pandemic, oversaw expansions of the fiberoptic network and telephony upgrades as the district experiences unprecedented growth, and directed multiple refreshes of staff and student laptops.

As leader of the technology division, Ms. Carter oversees all district technology services including instructional technology, technology infrastructure, enterprise data and workflow, and student enrollment processes. Prior to leading the division, Ms. Carter served as the district’s director of instructional technology for four years, where she planned deployments of student and staff devices, coordinated the annual Expo student showcase, and created long-term district strategic plans for technology.

“With Northwest ISD’s continued growth, ensuring we meet the technological needs of our students and staff is vital,” Ms. Carter said. “Technology opens doors for student success when it is used in an intentional and responsible way. The goal of technology in NISD is to elevate and enhance learning and provide opportunities that students wouldn’t otherwise have. I look forward to continuing the partnership with staff to create innovative experiences and prepare students for their future.”

In 2021, the Texas Computer Education Association named Ms. Carter as its Technology Administrator of the Year for her work leading initiatives to support students and teachers across the district.

She holds a CETL certification from the Consortium for School Networking, and she is active in numerous education technology associations. As a longtime Northwest ISD staff member, Ms. Carter joined the district in 2004 as a classroom teacher and has also served as an instructional technology specialist and coordinator of instructional technology.

Ms. Carter earned her master’s degree in administration from Lamar University and her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of North Texas.