Principal Melissa Rickey
Principal Rickey is the proud principal of Binford Middle School in Richmond, Virginia and a VCU Ram for life with a BFA in Art Education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership. Over the last six years, she alongside her colleagues, urgently work to fulfill our mission of affirming and preparing our students to be their authentic selves through the arts as the region's first and only arts integrated, open enrollment middle school.
During Principal Rickey’s second year, Binford became a Turnaround Arts Partner School in collaboration with Richmond Public Schools. Turnaround Arts is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center which endeavors to turnaround schools through the strategic use of the arts. Specifically, we turnaround test scores, attendance rates, belief in the collective power of public education, teacher retention and most importantly- hope and love within our spaces so that our students can live within a more just society.
Principal Rickey, lives in the Fan along with her husband, their German Shepherd named Gunny, and they are also proud parents of two children, a college freshman and a 7th grade Binford Lion! In addition to spending a lot of time at Binford as a family, you’ll find the Rickey family enjoying the James River Park System and taking classes at the many art centers throughout the city.
Assistant Principal Jonathan Walker
Mr. Walker has been a part of the RPS family since 2012. He is a proud Longwood Lancer, VCU Ram, and Richmond Spider. He began his career as a resident in the second cohort of VCU’s Richmond Teacher Residency. He completed his residency at Binford before teaching Sixth Grade English at Elkhardt Middle School. As the arts integration program was beginning at Binford Middle School, Mr. Walker was excited to return to Binford to continue teaching English. After serving as a department chair and administrative intern, Mr. Walker moved into the role of assistant principal at Binford in 2019.
Mr. Walker loves spending time with his wife and two daughters. You will find them playing outside, reading, watching movies, listening to music, and looking forward to Donut Saturdays.
Mr. Walker believes that school can and should be a magical place for students and teachers to dream big and create moments of wonder and discovery that will last a lifetime.