Introducing Mr. Carroll

Introducing+Mr.+Carroll

Toby Meyer (Senior) and Reese McCoy (Senior), Editor & Editor-in-Cheif

Meet Lebanon High School’s newest addition to the special needs department, Mr. Matt Carroll.

Carroll was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Darden State College in Nashville, Tennessee for his first two years of college which has since been shut down. He was on the wrestling team there. Carroll spent his last two years of college at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. He has been teaching and coaching there for the past four years and it is also where he met his wife. She is a Zionsville Community High School graduate and they now call Whitestown home.

Carroll was recently married in the spring of 2021 and found out a little less than a year ago he and his wife were having their first child. The move to Boone County was prompted by Carroll’s wife having lots of family in this area.

“The administration is super supportive. They’re really good people. They take care of you, make sure you know what’s going on,” said Carroll.

Back in his grade school years, Carroll was drawn to some kids in his class who had down syndrome and he would do things like eat lunch with them when no one else would and play on the playground with them when no one else would. Come his senior year, his mother saw this and brought it back up to his attention that he is good with special needs kids and she was actually the one who pushed him to become a special education teacher. At first, he was against the idea, but at the same time he didn’t really know what he wanted to do and was considering joining the Marines.

“But my mom, who is still a teacher to this day and has been teaching for 28 years suggested becoming a special ed teacher,” said Carroll.

Sure enough, he now has a special education degree and went on to get a master’s degree in education and as a reading specialist.

You’ll find Carroll on the sidelines on Friday nights and on the mat come wrestling season as he helps out with the football team and is a wrestling coach.

“I definitely think at this stage of my life, I’m happy with where I’m at and enjoying kind of a slower pace,” said Carroll.