Portia Tate, principal at Rivercrest Elementary School, has been named
Tennessee's Principal of the Year by the statewide PTA
organization. She has been principal for four (4) years. Prior to that she was the assistant principal for six (6) years.
Tate says the importance of parent/PTA involvement at Rivercrest is important. "It's important for our students to see that parents are part of the school. It's not just their job to get them to school. Our PTA organizes our parent/student/teacher activities. They get the children involved and when the children get involved the parents get involved. PTA makes us become a working family for our school. Ex: We had a 70's dance. We had a contest for the parents to dress in their 70's attire. We had many parents participating in this contest." She says it is a priority to form strong relationships with parents.
She wants her parents to know that they are sending them to a safe school and where they will receive the best education. Her door is always open!
When asked what it means to be named PTA Principal of the Year in Tennessee she said, "WOW! I am so grateful that I was considered for this title. It means that the work that I do for the children of my school has not gone unnoticed. It means that I have chosen to be in the best career ever!"
This is Rivercrest's first year to have 100% PTA membership.