Thursday, October 17, 2013

2013 Principal of the Year - Amy Rickard!

The votes are in and Amy Rickard, principal of Morris Grove Elementary, has been selected by her peers as the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools 2013 Principal of the Year.

The Morris Grove team gathered after school on Wednesday for their weekly staff meeting. What they did not know is that shortly after the meeting began they would be interrupted by a group of visitors carrying flowers.

Superintendent Tom Forcella and members of the Cabinet surprised the principal by entering the meeting and making the announcement in view of Ms. Rickard’s team. The staff offered a rousing ovation for their leader. It was a memorable experience for all in attendance.

“I am honored to represent the district and my colleagues,” said Rickard. “It is a pleasure to work in such an outstanding school district and I truly love my job!”

“Amy Rickard is a great example of what is right about public schools,” said Forcella. “She advocates for children and families on a daily basis and sets high expectations for the learning outcomes at her school. We are privileged to have her in our district.”

Amy Rickard is a career educator who began as a language arts teacher in Kannapolis City Schools. She signed on with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in 1999 as an administrative intern. After time spent as an assistant principal at both McDougle Elementary and Rashkis Elementary, Rickard served as principal of Glenwood Elementary from 2004-2007. When Morris Grove Elementary opened in 2007, she was named as the school’s first principal. Rickard earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rickard will now be entered into the Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year competition along with a principal from each district in the state. Following portfolio reviews and personal interviews, eight regional finalists will be named to participate in the state selection process. 

Since 1984, Wells Fargo Bank has financially supported the Principal of the Year program in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in an effort to recognize outstanding principals from the North Carolina public schools.
Amy Rickard is presented with flowers from Superintendent Forcella

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