Morris Grove Elementary’s Amy Rickard has been selected as North Carolina’s National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

The NAESP places prestigious honors on one elementary principal from each state and awards them with a two-day recognition ceremony in October of 2014 in Washington, D.C.

As last year’s Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ Principal of the Year, Rickard has administrated Morris Grove from its opening day in 2007. Rickard and her staff have boosted the school to some of the highest EOG test scores in the state.

School district superintendent Tom Forcella calls Rickard a “superstar.”

“She is a tremendous school leader who is consistently focused on the success of her students and staff,” Forcella said.

Rickard has also been recognized as the 2014 Wells Fargo Regional Principal of the Year for the Piedmont-Triad/Central Region of North Carolina.