Extended Bio: Carmen Carson, MA
Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee to William Summey, Sr. and the late Sandra Summey, Carmen attended UT Chattanooga as a Brock Scholar. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Ecology Child and Family Studies in 2003. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University in 2007.
Initially, Carmen’s career blossomed in early childhood education as a teacher. In recognition of her skills, Carmen became a math coach and spent time training teachers as well as students. She then served first-generation and low-income students in college and in area high schools through the federally funded TRIO programs (Student Support Services and Educational Talent Search) at UT Chattanooga.
In addition to this work, Carmen has spearheaded the launch of educational companies, coordinated the services for area youth programs, served as a conservator for adults with disabilities, and led the branding and websites design process for small companies. Her passion for helping others access education and live incredible lives led her to study life coaching at Light University.
In 2015, Carmen launched FAVORDD, a creative agency designed to serve the life and business challenges of leaders, online entrepreneurs, and nonprofits through coaching, branding, design, and other creative strategies. After working with numerous leaders and entrepreneurs throughout the United States and helping them launch their lives and businesses, After a couple of years of seeing the success clients were experiencing as a direct result of life and business coaching, Carmen chose to solely focus on providing these transformational coaching services and consequentially rebranded her business into her new venture, ROCKETRY, LLC.
In addition to coaching leaders from all over the US, Carmen recently led the Human Capital efforts to recruit, retain, and support stellar teachers for the 12 Opportunity Zone Schools of Hamilton County, which have historically been hard to staff. In fact, after having worked with them for just 9 months, she not only developed new systems to improve interviewing and screening processes for administrators, but she was extremely successful in helping to hire over 85 teachers, principals, and other staff between January – June of 2018.
With the conviction stemming from the belief that one should live life fully, she has actively served as the Vice Chair on the Board of Teen Challenge of the Mid South, an organization offering rehabilitation services for those facing addition. Currently, she serves on the board of First Things First, an organization focused on rebuilding communities by building and supporting strong families.. In her efforts to reach out to the youth of the Chattanooga community, she actively volunteers to work with and support high school students as they develop their person life plans. Carmen is also a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, Class of 2016.
When she is not coaching or working alongside educational programs in her community, Carmen can be found hanging with her husband, SFG Antoine Carson (19 years in the US Army). Together, they enjoy traveling, reading, and entertaining friends.
Credit: Livvy Kristen Photography