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Principal's Message

It is an honor to serve as principal of Bobtown Elementary School. My heart truly lies with Southeastern Greene School District. I am a former student of Bobtown Elementary and graduate of Mapletown High School. It is great to be back home!

This is my second year as principal at Bobtown Elementary. I come to Bobtown with 16 years of educational and leadership experience acquired in Stokes County Schools, North Carolina. I was an 8th grade math & science teacher for 7 years and a high school math teacher for 5 years. I was an assistant principal and principal at South Stokes High School from 2010 – 2013. I was then named principal at Piney Grove Middle School for my last year in Stokes County.

I do not view the position of principal as a job, but instead as an opportunity to lead our school to accomplish great things. The role of principal entails many exciting opportunities associated with student achievement. However, and most importantly, my personal and professional goal is to build positive relationships with the students and staff and Bobtown Elementary. By working together, we will strive to provide your children with the best educational experience possible – one that will build a foundation for life-long learning.

My mission as principal is to always put kids first! My belief is that all students can learn, and it is our job to support all of their needs. As educators, we need to discover how each child learns in order to differentiate our instruction to support diverse learning styles. In a collaborative effort, we want children to thrive in all ways possible. At Bobtown, our mission is to provide such an environment for all of our students.

Our school must be a place where students want to learn and have fun. I promise to provide a learning environment that is positive, safe and caring – a fun place to learn and grow. My goal is to invest time in getting to know everyone in the Bobtown school community: the students, parents, families, teachers, staff, and community members.

My message to all parents is to stay involved. This can be accomplished by staying in contact with your child’s teacher. Our expectations will be to consistently make sure you are aware of your child’s progress, and answer any questions or concerns you have at any time. This form of two-way monitoring will help ensure the success of your child’s education and well-being.

This year there will be countless new events and activities planned for all of our students. Our new outdoor classroom and SMALLab are up and running and I am excited for our students and teachers to be able to use these this year. I feel fortunate to be back at Bobtown Elementary this year and welcome the challenges and successes that we will experience.


Rick Menear

Principal, Bobtown Elementary School