The North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA) has designated Amy Rickard of Morris Grove Elementary School in Chapel Hill, NC as North Carolina’s National Distinguished Principal. For the past 31 years the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has honored a principal selected from each state for this prestigious award.
“We are proud to designate Amy as our NAESP North Carolina Distinguished Principal of the Year,” said Dr. Shirley Prince, Executive Director of NCPAPA. “She has proven herself to be an outstanding leader for her school and a role model for other principals,” said Dr. Prince.
In October, Ms. Rickard will travel to Washington, D.C., for two days of activities planned to honor and bring recognition to the elementary and middle-level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, and private and overseas schools.
“Amy Rickard is a superstar by any definition,” said Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent Tom Forcella. “She is a tremendous school leader who is consistently focused on the success of her students and staff.”
Criteria for selection of the principals require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students, and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations. Ms. Rickard has also been recognized as the 2014 Wells Fargo Regional Principal of the Year for the Piedmont-Triad/Central Region.
The National Distinguished Principals program is made possible through the corporate sponsorship of VALIC, an active supporter of NAESP for over two decades. For more than half a century, VALIC has served as a leading financial-plan provider for K–12 schools, higher education and healthcare institutions, and manages plans for nearly 25,000 groups, serving nearly two million plan participants.
In existence since 1976, the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association has served as North Carolina’s professional education association for school administrators, and now represents over 4,500 elementary and middle-level principals throughout the state. NCPAPA maintains close ties with the Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Elementary School Principals and its 20,000 members worldwide.
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