Kristi C. Rice, Principal
I am beginning my 22nd and half year of education with 6.5 of those years being in the West Memphis School District and the last 16 years in the Marion School District. I began my career at Maddux Elementary where I spent 6.5 years teaching first grade. I, then, transferred to Marion Middle School where I taught seventh grade math and pre-algebra for 4 years and then, became the math coach for another 4 years at MMS. I was hired as the assistant principal at Avondale Elementary where I spent the last 8 years.
I am honored to have accepted the position of principal at Richland Elementary School! Did I mention I am a former Richland Rocket? I went to school at Richland kindergarten through sixth grade, then onto West Junior High, and a Blue Devil graduate, Class of 1992. So, to say I feel like I am back home is an understatement. So excited about my future in WMSD!
Richland Elementary has deep roots in excellence and being part of the Richland tradition is an educator's dream come true. The highly qualified staff, outstanding student body, and extremely involved parents enable Richland's culture to continue to flourish. I'm very proud to be part of the Richland tradition and know that together we can make a difference in bringing forth well-educated children as we strive to ensure all children become life-long learners.
Norrita Langston, Assistant Principal
I graduated from ASU Jonesboro with a literature degree in 1996 and taught my first two years at Hughes High School. Then, I was able to teach English at East Jr. High for three years. While at East, I started working on my Master's Degree in Library Media. Next, I worked as the library media specialist at Faulk Elementary for seven years. During my years at Faulk, I gained my National Board Certification. I then transferred to the Academies of West Memphis as the library media specialist and spent eight years at AWM; gaining my Specialist Degree in Principalship and National Board Recertification during that time.
Richland Elementary has always held a special place in my heart since both of my kids attended RES! Richland is committed to creating the best possible environment for student learning and that is evident with the focus of the dedicated teachers and staff. Go Richland Rockets!