Holly Goodnight, the assistant director of the Carthage Technical Center since 2013, will take over for her boss, Gregg Wolf, as the director of the CTC, when he becomes Assistant Superintendent for Business on July 1, 2018.

Holly Goodnight, the assistant director of the Carthage Technical Center since 2013, will take over for her boss, Gregg Wolf, as the director of the CTC, when he becomes Assistant Superintendent for Business on July 1, 2018.
The Carthage R-9 Board of Education announced Goodnight's promotion after it was confirmed at Thursday's regular meeting.
Goodnight said she's excited to take over what she called a “very strong technical center.”
“I've been fortunate to work with Mr. Wolf and really learn about career technical education works,” Goodnight said. “I work with a group of passionate teachers who care a lot about training our students to become immediate players in the workforce and to make an immediate impact and I'm excited to move us into the next decade.”
Wolf was named assistant superintendent for business, the position formerly held by now Superintendent Mark Baker, at the February Carthage Board of Education meeting.
In a written release, the Board said Goodnight had served for seven years as Coordinator of New Student Programs/Student Athlete Assistance Program at Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, before coming to Carthage R-9 as the Adult/Post Secondary Education Director.
She led that program for six years and then became the CTC Assistant Director in 2013.
“I have 22 years in education, I had 11 at Missouri Southern and I have 11 at the Tech center,” Goodnight said. “I've been fortunate to work for two institutions that I care a lot about and who do a tremendous job preparing their students. Mr. Wolf and I worked hand in hand and had a shared vision and I'm excited to continue that vision. I want to make sure our teachers feel empowered, really they're a great group of teachers and I'm excited to lead them.”
Goodnight holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Missouri Southern State University, a master’s degree in Human Resource Development/Adult Education from Pittsburg State University, a specialist degree in career education leadership from the University of Central Missouri, and will earn her doctorate in educational leadership from Lindenwood University in December 2018.
Goodnight said she's ready to lead a school that is training both high school students and adults for new careers.
“We have both secondary students and adults and our mission is to help build a workforce,” she said. “Our motto is to to make the future work and that's what we try to do both for our secondary students and adults. It's very important that our high school graduates leave with a skill that can help sustain them and we want our students to leave and be productive citizens in our community. Carthage is a strong school district and I'm excited and honored and humbled to be chosen for this position.”