Dr. R. Robert Richmond IV, Ed. D
Proud Principal of THE Northern Guilford Elementary School where we Imagine Extraordinary
Welcome to the website of the greatest school in Guilford County, North Carolina
Northern is a school that is like none other! We are located in the Northern area of Guilford County and proudly serve the best students and parents that Guilford County Schools have to offer. We are located in Greensboro and border the towns of Sumemrfield and Browns Summit. I am honored to serve as your PROUD Principal.
Our school was established in August 2007 and opened its doors to a new facility in January of 2008 under the leadership of Teresa Kennedy. I served as the assistant principal at Northern from 2015-2018. Mrs. Kennedy was the founding principal of NES until June of 2018 at which time I was named as principal.
While safety is our number one goal, academics are our second and we have traditionally performed very well on district and state assessments. In 2016, we scored 85% on our school test composite score and our North Carolina School Performance Grade improved to an A+ NG ! I invite you to view our NC School Report Card to learn more about our academic accomplishments. We were named one of sixteen Most Improved Schools in Guilford County in 2009 and 2011. This accomplishment could not have happened without our community support, parents, amazing teachers, and most of all, our extraordinary students. During the 2020-2021 school year, while under a pandemic, Northern met expected school growth under NC EVAAS guidelines with a positive growth score of +1.36!
Our PTA is amazing with each and every single task that they do for our students! We have an award-winning group of parent and community volunteers that come in every week to work with our students, teachers, and faculty. Hawks Hobbies is one of our signature programs where every student is involved in student clubs that meet during the day, ranging from Karate, fitness, World Travel, photography, sewing, and much more.
Our school slogan is "Imagine Extraordinary". We say this because being extraordinary is something one can constantly strive for...doing it better and better every time. This is what we do...we strive to make your familiy's experience better every time. Please see below to learn some more about the Proud Principal of Northern Guilford Elementary School!
No question or concern is ever too big or small. Feel free to contact me if ever I can be of service at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The assistant principal and I give personal tours of our campus. Please call the front office to schedule your tour today at 336-656-4032.
Yours for children,
Dr. Robert Richmond IV, Ed. D
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Dr. Richmond's biographical sketch includes:
- Born and raised in Bluefield, West Virginia
- Graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, WV / Bachelor’s in Elementary Education K-6
- Graduated from High Point University in High Point, NC/ Master’s in Educational Leadership K-12
- Teacher at Thomasville Primary School in Thomasville, NC
- Teacher at Fairview Elementary in High Point, NC
- Curriculum Facilitator at Parkview Expressive Arts in High Point, NC
- Assistant Principal at Sandy Ridge Elementary in Durham, NC
- Assistant Principal at Northern Guilford Elementary in Greensboro, NC
- Greensboro College Adjunct Professor/ School of Education
- Doctoral Graduate of High Point University/ Doctorate in Educational Leadership K-12/ Superintendent's Licensure
- Research topic: Working Relationships Between Students, Parents, and Teachers
I am married to my wife Toy and we have two sons, Micai and Roy V, and one daughter, Keri. We have two dogs, Puggsly (a pug) and Nala (a boxer).
A Principal's Pledge
I will put students first
As a school, we are a service business. I’ll always remember why I chose education, to be part of a cause bigger than myself and to have a positive impact on our future. Creating opportunities for kids has been and will continue to be my top priority.
I will be visible
I will be in the hallways, classrooms, and at events as much as my schedule allows. I will make it a point to get to know staff, students, and parents and to be accessible to them. While my work does require me to be out of building at one point or another, I will make the most of the time I am at school.
I will engage our community
Parents and the Northern community are vital partners to our work. I will do my part to foster relationships with our families through community partnerships and to ensure that the Northern community continues to play a vital role with OUR children.
I will be direct
I will articulate my views or values so that everyone knows my perspective. I will communicate regularly so people will know who I am and what I am about. I will lead with a moral compass that always places what is best for children at the center of every decision.
I will empower
To be a leader, you must build the leadership capacity of others. I will work members of the staff to push beyond their comfort zone to further their own development. I will trust staff members to be professionals, and will not hesitate to praise good work.
I will make tough decisions
I realize that some hard calls will need to be made and pledge to make my decisions based on what will help the students most. I will be open about thought process and willing to share why I made the choices I had to make. I will also have difficult conversations with students, staff, and parents when necessary to further the vision and mission of Northern Elementary.
My vision will extend beyond standardized tests
As a school, we must meet or exceed state requirements. While I will take this seriously as a leader and as a professional, I will remember that our goal is learning and growth for all of our students, and that many of the important lessons we teach are “not on the test.” This includes character, kindness, respect, life skills, and becoming a responsible citizen.
I will be accountable
As a servant leader, I commit to making tough decisions, listen and be direct but also realize that I will make mistakes. When they happen, I will take the responsibility and improve. I will not ask anyone to do anything I am not willing to do myself, including coming out of my comfort zone to learn and grow. We will grow together and continue to have Northern be a great place to learn and work.