Faculty and Staff
  • The Faculty and Staff would like to welcome you to our school. We are here to provide quality education in a safe and secure environment! Our principal, assistant principals, office staff, counselors, teachers, and support staff are ready to work with you as partners in your child's education. Contact [School Initials] Staff anytime if you have questions, comments, or concerns.

  • Elizabeth Valentino, Assistant Principal, 6th Grade

    Elizabeth Valentino

    Hello Rickards Family!

    Hola Familia Rickards! Bonjou Fanmi Rickards!

    Olá Família Rickards!

    My name is Elizabeth Valentino and I am ecstatic to be your 6th Grade Assistant Principal! My Broward County Public Schools career began in 2004. Since then I have served as a classroom teacher, school based instructional coach, district level instructional specialist, and now as your very proud assistant principal.

    Sixth grade is an instrumental year in your child’s success in middle school. I promise to make safety a priority, hold your child to high expectations, celebrate successes throughout the way, and ensure that your child is soaring to excellence.

    At Rickards Middle School I promote Respect, Mindfullness, and Safety. My students are expected to model what we expect, hold themselves accountable, and address any safety concerns when they are first seen or heard.

    I am so excited about the academic and social emotional growth your child has in store for the 23-24 school year! You and I are a team in ensuring a successful school year ahead. Together we can move mountains. I look forward to working alongside you to provide your child with the best educational opportunity possible.

    I leave you with something I read that impacts me every time I read it: Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon! There are no limits to what your child can accomplish at Rickards Middle School!

    Warm Regards,

    Elizabeth Valentino, M. Ed.

    6th Grade Assistant Principal

    James S. Rickards Middle School


  • Dr. Kwan Drake, Assistant Principal, Seventh Grade

    Dr. Drake

    Greetings Rickards Family, Parents and Guardians:

    I am happy to welcome you to our school! The 2023-2024 Seventh-Grade Team recognize that to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. As partners, we all share the responsibility for our children’s success, and I want you to know that we will do our absolute best to fulfill our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

    1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience.

    2) Completes all classwork and homework assignments given by their teachers.

    3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills.

    4) Share their school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life.

    5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject

    6) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to college or a vocational school.

    I ask to join our school volunteer program. Our students will benefit from your involvement with our school.

    If you have any questions about the rules and expectations, please contact me or discuss them with your child’s teacher.


    Dr. Kwan Drake

    7th Grade Administrator


  • Rosheika Y.H. Rolle, Assistant Principal, 8th Grade

    Claire M. Sheffield

    Welcome Rockets! 

    It is my absolute pleasure to be the 8th grade administrator for the 2023-2024 School Year! Although we have experienced many transitions, one thing that stays the same is my love for our students, teaching, and learning. My philosophy is that every student can learn; it simply takes a village to support each student on their quest to greatness. I look forward to partnering with each of you on our journey to excellence! 

    Educationally Yours, 

    Ms. Rosheika Y.H. Rolle 

    Intern Principal 


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    Mirtha Ochoa, JRM Office Manager

    Main Office Number: 754-322-4400

    Fax Number: 754-322-4485

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