Principal's Message

Dear Rucker Ram Family,

I am humble and appreciative of the opportunity to become the newest principal of A. R. Rucker Middle School. Rucker is such a unique and special place to learn and work. I truly understand that Rucker’s staff is dedicated to ensuring that all students are successful. I respect and value the commitment of the Ram’s staff and I am willing and ready to help continue to move Rucker along the path of excellence.

I live in Heath Springs with my husband, Frederick and daughter, Makaylen. Professionally, I am entering my 24th year as a member of Lancaster County School District. My first three years began at Clinton Elementary as a fifth grade teacher. I also taught seventh grade at Barr Street Middle School. Afterwards, I was an Assistant Principal at A.R. Rucker Middle School and remained here for four years. I then went to my elementary alma mater, McDonald Green and completed nine years as principal. Then I returned to Clinton and just completed four years as principal.

It will be very vital for me to be a hands on principal who gets to know the Rucker community. As principal of Rucker, I realize the importance of building relationships with all stakeholders; staff members, students, parents and the community. Therefore, I will be very visible in the school and community.

Please know I value home/school communication at Rucker. Communication is one of the keys to success. I encourage you to stay in close communication with your child’s teachers in order to stay in the know about your child’s academics and school activities. Because of my open door policy, I encourage you to express your concerns to me.

I would like to thank you in advance for your support and welcoming me back to Rucker. I hope your child’s middle school’s experience at Rucker will be as rewarding as my years at Barr Street/Rucker. I’m honored to return as a Rucker Ram. Just remember, this year, we are Champions of Change….”Every Child deserves a champion.”


Michelle Crosby, Principal