Principal's Message



    Hello Rocket Families,

    My name is J. Erick Gurreonero and am excited to introduce myself to you as the new principal of James S. Rickards Middle School. Words cannot explain how grateful and honored I am for this opportunity to serve and lead the Rickards community alongside a dedicated and passionate staff. I am committed to continuing Dr. Collado’s legacy in maintaining a safe, secure, and supportive learning environment for staff, students, and families.

    This is the start of my 18th year in education. My career began in Broward County Schools as a Language Arts middle school teacher and served as Department Chair for ten years. In addition to my classroom teaching, I have served as an Assistant Principal to the Attucks Middle School and Lyons Creek Middle School communities. I am thrilled to utilize my skills as an educational leader at Rickards Middle School and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.

    As the Rickards Middle School principal, I am dedicated to continuing to “Build the Foundation” for our Rockets by fostering positive relationships, rigorous learning, and the incredible Rickards environment that encourages our students to “Soar to Success”. Because the relationships between families and the school are vital to the success of our students, I encourage you to become involved in every way possible. I look forward to meeting you soon through various planned opportunities. If you like to meet one on one don’t hesitate to set up a meeting date through the link below! Can’t wait to meet you, ROCKETS!

    Your Proud Principal,

    J. Erick Gurreonero