Love of classroom helps Ray Picicci earn state award


John McCallum

Cheney High School assistant principal Ray Picicci takes part in a team building game with AVID students clockwise left to right Denise Sharkey, Cheyenne Marchand and Alyvia Huntley.

Most people think of the role of assistant principle as disciplinarian in chief. While there is some of that, Cheney High School assistant principal Ray Picicci believes the role is much more – focusing on teacher development as well as student growth.

“At the end of the day, we’re really trying to improve relationships and impact lives,” Picicci said. “That’s part of our work as teachers. We never stop learning.”

Picicci has played key roles in helping spearhead development of curriculum, instruction and assessment at the school, and for that was named Washington’s Assistan...

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