Lee's Summit R-7 School District


Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter

Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter joined the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in July 2017. Dr. Carpenter has a total of 23 years in public education with extensive experience in instruction and operations as well as in elementary and secondary schools. While working in districts within Missouri and Georgia, he served as superintendent, deputy superintendent for operations, associate superintendent for human resources and assistant superintendent for support services. In addition, Dr. Carpenter has worked as an elementary principal and middle school assistant principal.  

Dr. Carpenter earned his bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Georgia Southern University, his master’s degree in educational leadership from Augusta State University, an education specialist degree and a doctorate degree in educational leadership and educational administration, both from Georgia Southern University.

He received the South Kansas City Alliance Innovative Educational Program Award, received the Friend of the Council for Exceptional Children Award, was named Phi Beta Sigma Educator of the Year in Savannah, Ga., and was named an Emerging Leader by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Dr. Carpenter has been a presenter at numerous state and national educational conferences on topics such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, student achievement, digital equity, racial equity and parent/community involvement. Dr. Carpenter is married to Dr. LaQuanda Carpenter, and they have two young children, Landen Drake and Layla Dee. The family lives in Lee’s Summit.


Superintendent’s Advisory Councils

The Superintendent is starting both a student advisory council and The League of Visionary Educators this year. Both opportunities will offer the space for students and teachers to help cast the vision for the future in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. Check out the information below for further details.

Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council information and application
Superintendent’s League of Visionary Educators (L.O.V.E.) information and application




In accordance with the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, P.L. 93-112, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the regulations thereunder, it is the policy of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District that no person shall, because of age, sex, race, disability, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity of the District, including the employment of staff personnel. Written district policies concerning the rights and responsibilities of employees and students are available for inspection at the Stansberry Leadership Center (R-7 Administrative Offices), located at 301 NE Tudor. Inquiries by persons about their protection against discrimination under The Americans With Disabilities Act, Title IX, Title VI, or P.L. 93-112 and the Section 504 may be directed in writing or by telephone to: Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Lee’s Summit R-7 School District 301 NE Tudor Road Lee’s Summit, MO 64086 (816) 986-1000