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My Name Is

My Name Is: Gretchen Carter

Ninth-grade assistant principal activities director at Golden High School


Looping with students for four years of high school

I’m the ninth-grade assistant principal activities director at Golden High School.

I’ve been at Golden High School for eight years. A large part of my assistant principal role is helping with the transition from middle school to high school, both academically and socially. As activities director, I get to do a lot of the fun stuff, such as helping with homecoming and student council activities.

We have it set up so we loop with our students. My seniors graduated last year, so I’m a freshman this year — soon-to-be sophomore — and I will be with these students until they graduate in 2021. By the time they graduate, I will have had the opportunity to build a relationship with every student.

On April 19, I dyed my hair purple for Golden High School’s Wish Week. The students partnered with Make-A-Wish and raised money to send Wade, a 4-year-old with brain cancer, to Disney World. One of the benchmarks was to raise $5,000 and if they met that, myself and Christina Gese, another assistant principal, would dye our hair purple, which is Wade’s favorite color. They reached the $5,000 within two days, and in total, raised nearly $23,000.

A family of math people

I come from a long line of math people. I’m the third generation of math teachers. My mom was a math teacher, her mother was a math teacher and her father was a math teacher.

I’m originally from Texas and moved to Denver in 2004. I taught math in the Dallas-Fort Worth area before I was hired at Wheat Ridge High School. I taught math at Wheat Ridge High School for two years, then became the assistant principal activities director. I did that for four years before coming to Golden High School.

`Colorado is the place for me’

My husband Michael is a Colorado native. He was born and raised in Arvada.

We met the old-fashioned way — at a local establishment in the Highlands. We got married in July 2013. We have an English bulldog named Elvisfries, who we named after the Gunther Toody’s dish.

I’m a big skier. Our family trip every year growing up was to come to Colorado to go skiing. I still ski as often as I can. My husband is a snowboarder, so we joke that we have a mixed marriage but we make it work.

I also like to run and hike, so Colorado is the place for me.

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