Lucinda F. Carter was a legendary figure in the Greenhill School community for over three decades before retiring in June 2006. At her retirement ceremony, the Teaching Fellowship Program was officially renamed the Lucinda F. Carter Teaching Fellowship Program in her honor.
After arriving at Greenhill in 1971 from the Selwyn School in Denton, Texas, Lucinda (Fox) Carter had a profound impact on life all over campus. Carter taught Middle School language arts for seven years before assuming the mantle of Head of Middle School, a role she held from 1978 – 2006.
In 1973, Carter and Sheryl Ellis came up with the idea for the student body to perform a musical each spring - a tradition that still stands today. Two years later, Carter decided to write a musical documentary based on Greenhill’s twenty-five year history. She and several students - including Peter Eckart ’79 and Heather Trim ’79 - researched the history of the school and wrote all the music and lyrics for the show. A video of this musical documentary, which was the first show ever performed “in the round” at the Zale-Fields Theatre, is housed in the school’s archives.
In April 1985, Carter instituted “Teacher [later Employee] Recognition Day,” the final gathering of the school’s employees each June. As part of this special event, the School hosts a reception and presents employees with a variety of gifts and stipends recognizing their years of service to the school. Ever the school historian, in the 1990s, Carter wrote and produced The Headmasters of Greenhill
video, a documentary about the talented and dedicated headmasters who have guided the school to educational excellence and national prominence in its first sixty-plus years.
As namesake for the Carter Fellowship Program, Lucinda Carter remains a presence on campus and interacts with the fellows each year as they launch their teaching careers.