Superintendent: George Wythe manager died | Education
Just days before the start of the 2022-23 school year, Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras announced Friday that George Wythe High School principal Riddick T. Parker Jr. has died. .
“Mr. Parker gave his whole heart and soul to the students at Wythe and he will be sorely missed,” Kamras said in a tweet on Friday afternoon. “Details are forthcoming on a memorial service. Please keep his family in your prayers.”
I am absolutely devastated to learn that Riddick Parker, manager of George Wythe HS, has passed away. Mr. Parker gave his heart and soul to the students at Wythe and will be sorely missed. Details are forthcoming on a memorial service. Please keep his family in your prayers.
—Jason Kamras (@JasonKamras) August 19, 2022
Later Friday, in a message to the Richmond school community, Kamras said Parker died “unexpectedly this morning while riding his bike.”
The school district has yet to share any additional details about the death. Authorities in Richmond and Henrico and Chesterfield counties said no fatalities involving bicycles were reported Friday morning.
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Kamras said J. Austin Brown, principal of secondary schools, will step in as Wythe’s acting principal.
Parker held a master’s degree in public administration from Walden University and a graduate certificate in educational administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins University. He also attended the University of North Carolina, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and communications.
The Richmond School Division promoted Parker to principal at Wythe last summer. He was previously vice-principal at Armstrong High School and was employed by Baltimore City Public Schools as an educational consultant working on literacy development and graduation pathway programs.
Prior to his teaching career, Parker played professional football and retired in 2004. While in the NFL, he played for the Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, and New England Patriots. , with whom he won a Super Bowl championship in 2002.
“He was a Super Bowl champion who chose to dedicate his life to helping young people achieve their dreams. His passing leaves a gaping hole in our hearts,” Kamras said. “opportunity to work alongside Mr. Parker, see his uncommon decency in action and be inspired by his example. He will be sorely missed.”
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