Staff Bios

William Carpenter

Counseling Department Manager

Therapeutic Boarding School Counseling Department Manager - William Carpenter

William Carpenter
Boys Boarding School Email Address

William joined the Cherokee Creek team in 2007 and is the Manager of the Counseling Department. He started working with children in therapeutic settings in 1977. He taught children with severe behavioral and developmental issues in residential settings such as a private school operated by the Developmental Disabilities Unit of Massachusetts Hospital. In the 1980’s, William was the Program Director for Psychiatric Institutes America in GA where he helped create a transition program for teens returning home following in-patient treatment.

In the 90’s, he left the therapeutic world for the wilds of nature. He managed and was a part owner of several outdoor companies. He also started his own kayak and canoe accessory business where he earned a reputation for crafting the most beautiful custom carbon fiber paddles… the hallmark of his company.

His love of the water and the outdoors keeps him closely tied to our Treks and Family Treks programs where you will occasionally find him running the rivers with our trekkers. He is a master level swimmer and boater (kayak and canoe) who loves being on the water with people of all ages and abilities… including our Executive Director whom he taught to “roll” his kayak! And, he’s also a darn good ping pong player – a skill he attributes to his high school years while living at boarding school!

William earned is BS from Tufts University with a double major in psychology and history, and did his post graduate work at Georgia State University in clinical psychology.

Let me share a middle school story…

“I’m so old and was raised in a town so small that they didn’t have middle school. You went directly from grammar school to high school, no passing “Go” with an awkward middle school gait. But, I did manage to fail math one semester in sixth grade. I needed glasses and couldn’t see the chalk board, but I decided that it was lots more fun to stare out the window and have fuzzy daydreams than it was to get stuck in the rigid world of numbers. And the highlight of seventh grade was being introduced to Huckleberry Finn and Atticus Finch. I’ll be forever grateful that my teacher liked to read out loud during the slow times at the end of the day. And did I mention having to walk to school every day? Uphill?”

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