Dear Ridgecrest Families and Community,
It is with honor and excitement that I introduce myself, Vickie Graham, as the new principal of Ridgecrest Elementary and Center for Gifted Studies. I look forward to continuing the rich tradition of education at the highest level at Ridgecrest, while realizing the districts vision of 100% student success! I believe that all of us – the school, parents and the community – must work together to create a greater likelihood of this success.
A product of and educator in Pinellas County schools for 24 years, I have worked as a teacher, Title I facilitator, instructional coach and assistant principal. These roles have provided me with unique experiences that have shaped me as a leader. My educational background includes a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from my beloved Florida A & M University (Go Rattlers!) and a Masters degree from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership. When I am not learning or leading at school, I enjoy traveling, shopping and making memories with family. I also am the mom of a four-legged fur baby named Noah and aunt to Elizabeth Grace.
I look forward to a great year ahead. My goal is to work collaboratively with the highly qualified instructors of Ridgecrest to ensure that all students are provided a challenging, rigorous, relevant and standards-based education in a positive and safe learning environment. We will accomplish this by partnering with families, aligning resources and setting high academic and behavioral expectations.
As I begin my first school year as Principal of Ridgecrest Elementary and Center for Gifted Studies, I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children. My door is always open and I welcome your ideas and input. Please feel free to call, email or set an appointment with me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year.
Mrs. Austin has been an educator in Pinellas County Schools for approximately 18 years. She is passionate about educating the whole child and working alongside staff, families, and the community to best meet the needs of all our students. She has an "open door" policy and looks forward to meeting all of the Ridgecrest families and working with them to help each student be successful academically, emotionally, and socially.