Brickey-McCloud Elementary School’s PTO and student council surprised principal Robbie Norman with a special honor this week. Norman is retiring at the end of this school year after 42 years in education and more than a decade leading Brickey-McCloud.
So, with permission from Knox County Schools, the PTO has named the school library in honor of Norman. A plaque with Norman’s picture will hang in the library, and over the summer a mural will be painted above the door declaring the library “Robbie’s Reading Room.”
“The students just adore her, and we wanted to create more of a lasting legacy for her,” said PTO president Ashley Stinson. “Reading has always been her passion.”
The surprise naming ceremony was attended by PTO members past and present, members of the Brickey-McCloud student council, and school board chair Patti Bounds.
Stinson said the PTO considered naming several school areas for Norman, including the vestibule and the front drive, but they decided on the library because of Norman’s love of reading.
“She is always just a pleasure to work with. She always has a smile on her face. I think in elementary school it’s so important to love on the kids and give them a good first school experience, and she just does that tremendously. She lives love, and we felt like it was important to honor her,” Stinson said.