Allow me to introduce myself to you, I am Dr. Rickie G. Hopkins, the Interim Principal serving James Monroe High School. I have been fortunate to serve in the educational leadership role for over thirty years with various schools, such as Richmond City Public Schools for thirty years, Westmoreland Public Schools, Petersburg Public Schools, and Essex County Public Schools. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Paul’s College, a Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from Virginia State University, a Master of Divinity from Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Divinity, and currently a doctoral student at Payne Theological School Seminary with a graduation plan in 2022.
My experiences leading schools include the ability to demonstrate competency in assisting teachers and staff with redirecting to the main focus of educating young, brilliant minds of students to their full potential. My compassion to assist students goes with seeing themselves as the future, which drives the need to incorporate high-level thinkers, creative minds, and future entrepreneurs.
Thus, this passion affords me the need to travel to this community from Chesterfield, VA, where my wife Antoinette and our dog, "Buttons,” reside.
My vision for JM is "One Community/One JM." This thought focuses on accepting diversity within our school and working together as a family. The uniqueness of JM must continue in our current student body and future students.
Finally, I am honored to serve in this prestigious position as the Interim Principal of the historical James Monroe High School.