2020 Heart of the School Award Honoree


Brandon Pinkney

Walter P. Carter Elementary/Middle School

To Principal Pinkney, a successful school starts with strong relationships, and he builds them throughout Walter P. Carter Elementary Middle School. His strong support of staff, personal connection with students and implementation of restorative practices has contributed to the school’s turnaround. Students find a school bustling with positive attitude, thoughtful programs and supportive community partnerships with organizations that align with school goals. Students are empowered to lead programs (including leading safety patrols around the school grounds) and utilize restorative practices with peers on their own.



“Mr. Pinkney is the most patient, caring, loving and giving school staff member I have ever encountered in my 15yrs with BCPSS.” - Kenyetta Sissoko, teacher/school staff


“Mr. Pinkney ensures that every person in the WPC family feels valued and empowered by his inclusive and informative approach.” - Janine Lindsey, teacher/school staff