Karsten Schlenter, Principal
I have been the principal serving the students at FHTMS since 2010. I am married to my wife,Toni, and we are the proud parents of three daughters. Two of my daughters have entered the work force after completing their university studies and my youngest daughter is currently enrolled in a pre-med program at Elon University.
What excites you most about being the principal at FHTMS?
FHTMS provides me with the opportunity to become a transformational leader making a genuine difference in the life of our students. It is essential for us to build on students’ interests and passions in order to make learning meaningful, to keep them engaged and to inspire them to make difference. It is my sincere belief that in South Burlington we have the staff and the resources needed to be considered a state-of-the-art middle school that serves the needs of all students.
What keeps you busy when you are not at work?
It is important for all of us to ensure a heathy balance in our life. I find cross country running to be a great activity to stay in shape and I also find it "therapeutic" as stress relief. Aside from that I enjoy downhill skiing, hiking, traveling, reading, cooking, gardening and spending quality time with my family.
What is your favorite food?
I'm not very particular and enjoy a great variety of food from different ethnic origins. I do like to eat Greek food periodically and enjoy the uplifting atmosphere.
What else would you like parents and the community to know about yourself?
I have been a passionate educator since 1991 and have taught at the middle school, high school and college level. As the educational leader of the middle school it is imperative for me to help our students to become productive and responsible citizens in an ever-changing world.