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Amy Rickard (A.B.Ed. ’94, M.S.A. ’00) named Chapel Hill-Carrboro Principal of the Year

Amy Rickard receives Principal of the Year Award from Superintendent Tom ForcellaAmy Rickard (A.B.Ed. ’94, M.S.A. ’00), principal at Morris Grove Elementary School in Chapel Hill has been named the 2013 Principal of the Year by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

Rickard, who has served as principal at Morris Grove since it opened in 2007, was surprised with the award when the school’s administrative team met for its weekly staff meeting on Wednesday. District Superintendent Tom Forcella and members of his cabinet presented the award.

“Amy Rickard is a great example of what is right about public schools,” Forcella said. “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 started her career as a language arts teacher in Kannapolis. 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.

Rickard earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Carolina’s School of Education, where she has served on the Alumni Council.

“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!”

Rickard will 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.

More about Rickard’s award here.