By Helen Zeidman
Mr. Rickard is the father of Elura and Sam Rickard. They are in seventh and twelfth grade, respectively. He religiously attends their soccer matches and cross country meets. He heckles his son about finding college scholarships and doing senior year right. He takes his role as a parent seriously, just like his new job helping the students as the assistant principal.
“I want them to know that I have their best interest at all times. I look at them like they are my own children,” Rickard said. “And if something is not good enough for my kids, it is not good enough for them.”
Rickard is the new assistant principal for students with the last names beginning with A-G. This is Rickard’s ninth year as an education administrator. He was a principal at Dover for three years and for one year in the Delmar school district in Delaware. His other four years in administration were assistant principal positions. With experience as principal and assistant principal, Rickard is ready to transition back into the school year.
His primary role is disciplining students, but he had many more tasks to do on an everyday basis. He makes sure that the day-to-day flow of the school day is smooth. Those tasks that may be overlooked by others, such as making sure doors are locked and that students are not sneaking around the halls, are the things that keep him busy.
With his new role as assistant principal, Rickard hopes to keep the high school a safe and productive place for the students. After all, Rickard went into administration to help the students in the first place. He started his education career as a science teacher, but he does not regret the switch.
“As a teacher, I can help a classroom, but as an administrator I can help almost all of the kids,” Rickard said.
Rickard also has bigger ideas in mind to fulfill as assistant principal. His goals are to help the students by helping the teachers first. He wishes to accomplish that by completing teacher evaluations to determine the needs of the high school.
“Two major goals that I have: Number one, to make sure teachers grow,” Rickard said. “Number two, through teaching I want to help students. I really truly want kids to be ready to go when they graduate.”