New Brevard Public Schools HR Head Carol Kindt Set To Deliver ‘Stellar Customer Service’
By Space Coast Daily // July 20, 2016
graduated from Cocoa Beach High
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Carol Kindt, Brevard Public Shool’s new deputy superintendent/chief human resources officer, hopes to continue to create services and processes to better serve students.
“Human resources can be the biggest support system arm of this District,” Kindt said.
She lists providing “stellar customer service” and “capturing and supporting the best and brightest talent” as her top goals for this position.
Kindt grew up in Cocoa Beach and she considers her move here as coming home. Her dad worked in the space program and she is the youngest of four children.
After graduating from Cocoa Beach High, she attended both University of Florida and then University of Central Florida, where she ultimately earned her bachelor’s degree. Kindt received her master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University and her doctoral degree from the University of Florida.
After spending 24 years at Orange County Public Schools, including six as its senior executive director of human resources, Kindt spent a year in Montgomery County, MD, as its associate superintendent for human resources and development. Montgomery County is the nation’s 17th largest school system serving over 150,000 students with 202 schools and nearly 23,000 employees.
Kindt’s greatest personal accomplishment is her two sons, Aaron, 28, a track and field/cross country coach at University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS; and Zachary, 26, who works at Universal Studios in Orlando.
“I am so proud of them,” she said. “They are great men.”
Her greatest professional accomplishment is the Lean Six Sigma Sterling Award designation her team of 98 professionals at OCPS received in June 2015. This is the governor’s award for operational excellence performed by a team, she explained.
“As I stood back and watched them (during the awards ceremony), I was so proud of them,” said Kindt.
“It was professionally gratifying to see people who had such passion and had worked so hard be rewarded for the work they did.”
Kindt offers this advice to people considering a career in education: “You are not working with machines. Be prepared that this is going to touch you. You have to learn to take care of yourself,” she said. “This is an emotional job and your heart’s going to be a part of it.”
In her free time, Kindt enjoys visiting new places, trying new foods, cultures, and perspectives with her family and friends. She and her cat, Sassafras (Sassy), live in Cocoa Beach.
“Sassy and I have been buds for 18 years,” Kindt said.
She has traveled with me on planes, in cars, and has even been to the beach to play in the sand. She is about 99 in our years and I am honored to keep her safe, comfortable and now very warm in the Florida sunshine.”
Kindt has a big heart and her heart is certainly in her work.
“There has to be meaning in what I do. It’s about giving back,” she said. “Once your heart is hooked there is no going back.”
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