This week, The Grenada Star spotlights Carole Tharpe, principal at Grenada Upper Elementary School.
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born on Sept. 5, 1957, in Starkville,.
Q: Where did you attend school?
A: I attended Eupora High School, Mississippi State and Delta State University.
Q: Where all have you lived?
A: I have lived in Eupora, Rolling Fork, Greenville and Grenada.
Q: Where do you work? Tell us about your job/company.
A: I work for the Grenada School District serving as principal at Grenada Upper Elementary School.
Q: What led you to your profession?
A: I had wonderful teachers at Eupora High School. That foundation led me to want to be a teacher. Then, God placed Dr. Janice Dean, one of my past principals, in my life, who guided me to pursue a career in educational leadership.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: I love improving the efficacy of teachers. Just as much, I enjoy being around the students.
Q: What was your first job?
A: My first job was babysitting when I was in junior high and high school. My first experience in the field of education was working with the Dean of Education at Mississippi State University when I was in college there.
Q: Who is the person who has been most influential in your life?
A: My grandmother Shaw and my parents, Thomas and Myrna Shaw.
Q: If you could relive one day from your life, what day would you choose?
A: My first date with my husband, James Tharpe.
Q: What is your spouse’s name? What does he do for a living?
A: James Tharpe and he is retired from Chrysler in Detroit.
Q: Do you have any children?
A: I have two children – Thomas McMahon and Matthew McMahon.
Q: If you could have anything for your last meal on earth, what would it be?
A: My last meal on earth would be salmon, grilled asparagus and chocolate rolls for desert.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: I have been to Israel and I want to go back. It is a wonderful and very meaningful place to go.
Q: What hobbies do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I love to read, do needlework and garden.
Q: What do you enjoy about living and working in Grenada?
A: It’s nice to live in a place where everyone knows your name. Living here for more than 25 years now has allowed me an opportunity to build relationships outside the schoolhouse. Grenada is such a hospitable and welcoming place to live.
Q: If you could have lunch with anyone from your life or history, who would it be and why?
A: I would choose my grandmother Shaw. She was a wise, selfless servant who was intentional with her time and love.
Q: Would you rather read a good book or watch a good movie and why?
A: I’d have to take the movie there. You can’t beat a good fast pace action film.
Q: What moment in your life has had the biggest impact on you?
A: Last year, I had three surgeries and had gotten to a place in my life where I could not walk. I was afraid I was not going to be able to walk again. Miraculously, after my last surgery, one week later, I was walking without assistance. God’s healing gave me affirmation that He had more work for me to do.
Q: What would be the No. 1 thing on your Bucket List?
A: I would like to do some more traveling both within the U.S. and abroad.
Q: If you could describe your morals in three words, what would they be?
A: Reverence, perseverance and determination.
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: I want to be remembered as a servant leader putting others before self.
~ By Chuck Hathcock