Brian Pickard, Principal of South Colby Elementary School, was voted King 5/Evening Magazine 2012 Best of Western Washington "Best Principal" award. “He really is a Super Hero in our school,” said Tiffany Wilhelm, a parent and PTO member. “He is willing to do just about anything for the kids, including be duct taped to a wall, dye his hair blue, kiss a pig, become a human ice cream sundae and so much more.”
On the first day of school this year, Pickard organized parents, former parents and community members to greet arriving students with a “Tunnel of Hope.” In his words: “This Tunnel of Hope is to meet and greet all the students (treasures!) and their parents (also treasures!) arriving at South Colby on the first day and give them the most amazing welcome and positive feelings they have ever experienced.” Wilhelm described walking through the Tunnel of Hope as a “fantastic way to start the year” for students and parents, alike.
“Mr. Pickard is an amazing principal,” Wilhelm said. “He believes that every child is capable of success — no exceptions, and encourages that pledge among both the kids AND all adults within the building. Our school community is stronger because he is part of it.”
KING 5 TV reporter Saint Bryan (on right in photo) made a surprise visit to South Colby Elementary School on Wednesday, October 17, to film a segment about Pickard that will be broadcast later on this month.