Princess Pressley has been hired as Rashkis Elementary School's new principal after 27 years of educational experience across North Carolina.
Rashkis, located in the Meadowmont neighborhood of Chapel Hill, enrolls around 400 students from pre-K through fifth grade.
Pressley began her career as a third-grade teacher in Guilford County, according to the Rashkis Elementary School website. She relocated to Raleigh soon after and continued her work as a teacher there for the next 10 years. After teaching, she served as an instructional facilitator in Wake and Durham counties for another 10 years.
She began her administrative career in her hometown of Winston-Salem as an assistant principal and is coming to Chapel Hill after two years as principal at Southwest Elementary Global Academy in Lexington, N.C.
Shannon Goss, a teacher at Southwest, said that even after only two years in Lexington, Pressley left an impact as their principal.
“The school has experienced growth since she's been there," Goss said. "This is not official since the data is not yet out, but based on what the preliminaries are saying, we have grown even a letter grade."
Kenneth Jordan was the principal at Hall-Woodward Elementary School while Pressley was the assistant principal there. He said that Pressley was in charge of implementing their new curriculum at Hall-Woodward.
“I would describe Princess as hardworking, very intelligent, good work ethic and very knowledgeable of the curriculum," Jordan said. "She's flexible. She's able to lead with a clear vision and mission.”
Goss said Pressley is not only data-driven toward academic success for her students, but she also sees the importance of fostering a sense of community among students, staff and families.