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M.S. Mathematics Education,
Principal Certification, Chestnut Hill College
B.A. Economics and
International Relations, Lehigh University
“I’ve always wanted to present the best teacher in front of my students. I thought what better way than to manage adults and help guide them into being better educators. This has been the main focus and thought on why I wanted to become a Principal.”
Rickia has served as the principal of Mastery Molina Elementary School in Camden, New Jersey since 2015. In her first year as principal at Mastery Molina, the school doubled proficiency rates in Math and English Language Arts on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam. Each year since, Mastery Molina increased its number of students scoring proficient on the PARCC English Language Arts exam. In 2018 – 2019 Mastery Molina made the Top 10 District and Renaissance School list in ELA Proficiency and the Top 10 District and Renaissance School list in Math Proficiency in Camden. Also in 2018 – 2019 44% of Master Molina English Language Learners met their target score on the Access 2.0.
Prior to becoming principal at Mastery Molina, Rickia was principal at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter School in Philadelphia (2013 – 2015), during which the school increased student attendance rates and Keystone Literacy exam scores.
Rickia has been an educator since 2002. Rickia is a recipient of the Philadelphia 76ers Game Changer Award (2018-2019) for leaders who mentor the next generation of innovators and she is a member of the Mastery Charter Schools – Health and Safety Plan Board. Rickia has also served as Assistant Principal of Instruction, 8th Grade Team Lead, Geometry teacher, and 8th Grade Math teacher. Rickia grew up in Philadelphia and attended Strawberry Mansion High School.