Name: Cherish Pipkins
School: Rolling Hills Elementary School
District: Lancaster Independent School District
“SEL is the foundation of true education. Students and staff must know they belong in the environment, are cared for and have a voice. Once these needs are secure, true teaching and learning will begin.”
Cherish Pipkins is a 15-year educator, entering her third year as an elementary principal. Pipkins stands on the crazy idea that students should love coming to school and staff should love going to work. She works diligently to create a culture of high energy, celebration, and recognition that is the foundation of student achievement and staff morale.