From Administration

Willard is losing many high quality individuals to retirement this year. I could write about several, sharing how they have changed kids' lives throughout their career. Among this group is a member of my administrative team. Dr. Rhonda Bishop, Principal at Orchard Hills Elementary, is retiring from K-12 Public Education. Dr. Bishop is an educational champion. I have known her for many years. She always impressed me with her drive for self-improvement and her passion to help students. 

I have had the privilege to introduce Dr. Bishop to groups as well as write letters of recommendation on her behalf. In these introductions, I have shared that "NO ONE loves kids more than Rhonda Bishop!" This is not just a simple introduction it is how I truly feel. I have seen Dr. Bishop drive 200 miles to take a student a laptop while in the hospital and arrange for "Skype" in the classroom so the student could remain a part of the class. I have known when she has personally tutored students during the year and throughout the summer simply to get a student back on track with their peers. I have witnessed her demand excellence, challenge mediocrity, and refuse to accept failure as an option for student. She has led a team who have opened a neighborhood school and created a community based culture at Orchard Hills. Dr. Bishop is a teacher at heart, she loves students like they were her own and I count it a blessing to call her my colleague and friend!

I have no doubt that she will find new ways to be a champion for kids! 


Dr. Kent Medlin



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