Morris Grove’s Rickard named CHCCS Principal of the Year

From staff reportsOctober 22, 2013 

Morris Grove Principal Amy Rickard reacts with surprise at being named Principal of the Year.

CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO CITY SCHOOLS

— 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.

Soon after the Morris Grove team gathered after school on Eubanks Road last Wednesday for their weekly staff meeting, they were interrupted by Superintendent Tom Forcella and a group carrying flowers for the surprise announcement.

“I am honored to represent the district and my colleagues,” Rickard said. “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,” Forcella said in a news release. “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.”

Rickard began her career as a language arts teacher in Kannapolis City Schools, according to he release. 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 and Rashkis elementary schools, Rickard served as principal of Glenwood Elementary from 2004-07. When Morris Grove Elementary opened in 2007, she became its first principal. Rickard earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Morris Grove was a 2011-12 school of distinction under the state ABCs of education accountability system, according to the school’s website. That means 80 to 90 percent of Morris Grove students were doing grade-level work, a designation held by half the schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro district but only 28 percent of schools statewide.

About 86.4 percent of its students were proficient in reading, just below the district average, and 94.1 percent were proficient in math, just above the district average, and in both cases well above the state average.

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 N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

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