Leader fortifying RFHS for change
Although still referred to as “Coach,” Derrick Dace officially has a new title–Principal. During his sixteen-year career in the field of education (nine of which were spent in Tunica County), he has coached girls’ basketball, varsity football and taught high school math. Dace believes his previous positions have given him experience in team building and leadership that will serve him well in his role as principal.
Dace’s educational philosophy centers on the idea that all children are capable of learning, and that it is the duty of teachers and administrators to see that each individual succeeds. He also acknowledges that it is the responsibility of the school to equip students with the skills necessary to become viable prospects in today’s job market.
There are, admittedly, challenges to fulfilling his vision of how this philosophy is implemented. The biggest obstacle he would like to address during his tenure is the issue of trust between the school and the community.