Principal: Mrs. Adrian Parry
Welcome to Hickory Ridge Elementary School. I look forward to collaboratively working with our students, staff, parents and community to promote student success and achievement. I am a North Carolina Native and graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (Go Pirates!). I have been in public education for over 15 years. I was a third grade teacher here in Cabarrus County prior to my endeavors in school administration. I also taught fifth grade in a neighboring county, served as North Carolina Principal Fellow Intern at Hickory Ridge Middle and served as the Assistant Principal of Instruction at Patriots STEM Elementary. Most recently I was the principal of Rocky River Elementary school for the last 5 years. I received my Masters Degree in School Administration from UNCC as a North Carolina Principal Fellow. I am so excited to join the Harrisburg community and serve as the principal of Hickory Ridge Elementary. Let's take on the World, Cowboys!
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Dawn Raney
I am beyond excited to be a Hickory Ridge Cowboy! As a member of this administration team, I plan to work collaboratively with teachers, parents, families, and the community to do what is best for our students. I am a Cabarrus County native and graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. For 16 years, I served as a classroom teacher of 3rd and 4th grade at Mount Pleasant Elementary School here in Cabarrus County. While in the classroom, I pursued my National Board Certification and a Master's Degree in Reading Education K-12 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I loved every minute of being in the classroom with my students, but my true passion is educational leadership. I was fortunate to be chosen by the County to attend the High Point University Leadership Academy where I earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. Since graduating my program, I have spent time at working at Northwest Cabarrus High School and Central Cabarrus High School as an interim Assistant Principal. For the past two years, I have served the community of Charles E. Boger Elementary School as their Assistant Principal. My journey has brought me to this new opportunity to serve the Harrisburg community and help open a brand new, beautiful school. Let's work together to make this the most amazing year for our students!
Dean of Students: Mrs. Karen Von Klahr
Welcome! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Harrisburg community at Hickory Ridge Elementary School. My journey to Hickory Ridge started when I came to North Carolina from New York to play soccer and get a degree in elementary education at Catawba College. My experiences as a student athlete helped mold me as an educator and leader. I believe that every member of a team or organization holds a vital role in its success. By supporting each other along the way, we will achieve our goals. I bring 23 years of experience in education with me to Hickory Ridge. I started in Cabarrus County in 2006 at Winecoff Elementary School, where I held roles as a teacher, multi-classroom leader, and lead core specialist. In 2018, I was chosen by Cabarrus County Schools to attend the High Point University Leadership Academy to obtain my master's degree in educational leadership. As part of the High Point program, I worked at Rocky River Elementary, Harris Road Middle, and Northwest Cabarrus Middle School. I am excited to put down roots at Hickory Ridge and work as a team to grow future leaders. Let’s take on the world, Cowboys!