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Neil Higgins - Principal
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  Welcome to Sunshine Elementary School!

      My name is Neil Higgins and I consider it my privilege to serve the Bostic, Duncan Creek, Golden Valley, Sunshine and Washburn Communities as principal of “our” elementary school.  I continue to enjoy being principal at Sunshine after serving as assistant principal for seven years at East Rutherford Middle School.  I received my B.S. from Appalachian State University and launched my career at Ellenboro Elementary as a physical education teacher.  Then in 1995, I began my administrative journey after receiving my Masters in School Administration from Gardner Webb University.

     It is my personal goal to support the students, parents, teachers, and staff in the education of our children and to assist in enabling them to achieve success as they mature and progress through the years.  At Sunshine we recognize the absolute necessity to build strong foundations in reading, writing, math, and computer skills.  We also acknowledge that every child must be prepared for job competition in a global community.  Academics are one part of the process.  However, equally important is helping students build skills that will enable them to work collaboratively, develop respect for self and others, recognize the importance of civic responsibilities and be aware of healthy lifestyles.

     My hope is for every student who leaves Sunshine Elementary School to complete their education and to have countless options available in their future.  Please take time to check our website, visit our school, and meet and talk with your child’s teacher.  The best way to help your child be successful and realize progress is to monitor their school work and activities, talk with their teachers, encourage them to read a minimum of 20 minutes nightly, and to experience some type of physical activity for at least one hour a day.

Please feel free to contact Sunshine Elementary School faculty and staff via phone or email. 

Neil Higgins has been selected as the Principal of the Year for Rutherford County Schools for 2011-2012.  Mr. Higgins is the Principal at Sunshine Elementary and will represent RCS in the District 8 competition later this year.

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