Assumed Room Temperature Richard Omar Knight, Goldsboro, North Carolina (charged Nov 2018) [rape of student, 12, on campus]

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    Richard Omar Knight (Smithfield, North Carolina), 35, principal at Dillard Academy Charter School, Goldsboro, North Carolina, "charged with raping a 12-year-old student"


    Goldsboro police name principal as suspect in rape of 12-year-old

    Goldsboro police are searching for a former charter school principal charged with raping a 12-year-old student. Richard Omar Knight, 35, of Smithfield, was charged with statutory rape, a sex act with a student and indecent liberties with a student. Police responded to a report of sexual assault Thursday, and a warrant was secured Friday. Knight was principal of Dillard Academy, where officials say the alleged sexual contact occurred. According to his LinkedIn page, Knight had been at the school for about 2 and a half years. Police say Knight has been suspended as principal, and school leaders are cooperating with ...


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    Ccourtesy Google Cache from http://www.dillardacademy.org/principal.html :

    Dr. Richard O. Knight, D.CC, M.Ed
    rknight@dillardacademy.org

    I am Richard Knight, it is my privilege and honor to join the Dillard Academy family for the school year 2016-2017. I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning and growing with our students and working with our professional staff.

    I have been an educator at the Elementary level for over a decade and have been serving in the educational field for over 14 years. I have served as Reading teacher at an Orphanage for Boys, Instructor of Education courses with the Jamaica National Youth Service (NYS), and Assistant Lecturer of Technology in Education at the International University of the Caribbean. During my teaching career I have taught all grades 1st through 8th grade. I am married to a wonderful woman, Tanisha. We have two children, Dominic, and Sofia.

    I currently hold a diploma in Primary Education from the Bethlehem Moravian College, A Bachelor of Education Degree from the International University of the Caribbean, a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and Doctoral Degree in Christian Counseling. I hold a valid and current NC DPI License in the areas of K-6 General Education, 6-9 Mathematics Education, K-12 School Administration.

    My main goal is to ensure that every student is provided the highest quality of education possible in a safe and supportive learning environment. Working together as a team with our staff and parents, I am committed to helping each student achieve their very best. Every student is valued and worthy of our best effort.

    I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than eleven years with specific concentration in Elementary Education and Math Education. I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to Dillard Academy and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure our students’ success. I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established by Dillard Academy by building strong relationships with parents, students, and community partners. We will focus on Common Core skills, use of data to inform instruction, and providing exciting and challenging enrichment opportunities for all students.

    I will also engage the participation of the PTO and other community groups. Creating and maintaining valuable partnerships with all stakeholders will be of paramount importance as we seek to strengthen the bridge between the classroom and the home. Dillard Academy will be known as a parent friendly environment where parents and staff work cooperatively for students’ success, as our axiom states, “it takes a village to raise a child”. I hope to continue and increase the tradition of parent involvement in our various school activities.
     
    Richard Omar Knight, Smithfield, North Carolina, Dillard Academy Charter School, Goldsboro, principal, statutory rape
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    Goldsboro principal accused of raping 12-year-old student found dead in woods


    While Goldsboro police spent the weekend looking for Richard Omar Knight, a charter school principal who was accused of raping a 12-year-old student, he was dead of an apparent suicide. Orange County authorities found him in a wooded area on Friday. Goldsboro police announced his death on Monday afternoon, but said the investigation into his alleged crimes would continue. Knight, 35, of Smithfield, was the principal at Dillard Academy until he was charged Friday with raping a 12-year-old student on campus. Police responded to a report of sexual assault Thursday, and a warrant was secured Friday.



    According to Orange County authorities, two hunters called 911 when they located a man's body. Knight was captured on one of the hunters' deer cameras at about 12:30 a.m. on Friday.

    He is alone in the video and appears to be carrying a blanket, authorities said. His car was found at a nearby gas station.


    According to his LinkedIn page, Knight had been at the school for more than two years. On LinkedIn, Knight describes himself as "a very enthusiastic teacher" with experience in elementary and middle school. "This has had a devastating effect on ths school and the school community as a whole," said Hilda Hicks, executive director of Dillard Academy. Hicks started the school, which, she said, takes children from low-income families and helps them thrive, in 1998. So, for her, this is personal. "I can safely say this is the most difficult school day that we've ever had," she said. Relatives of ...


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    From "dr._knights_philosophy_of_education.pdf" via Google Cache:


    Richard O. Knight
    Philosophy of Education

    The ultimate purpose of school is to foster learning experiences for students. All students have the right to a quality and equal education, one that caters to his individual educational, cultural and developmental needs. A school need to have the right people in place that has student’s success as their primary goal. This team of people consist of administration, staff and parents. Administration set achievable and empowering goals, motivate staff and provides instructional leadership. Staff members establish high expectations for all students, and provide the support necessary for them to achieve their goals. Parents partner with the school to continue and extend the learning experience at home.

    Learning is defined as the relatively permanent chance in behavior brought about as a result of experience or practice. As an instructional leader, my philosophy is based on c.h.a.n.g.e.


    C – Creating the right climate that is conducive for learning to take place. This climate includes a safe and orderly environment. High staff morale, collegiality and professionalism sets the tone for excellence in teaching-learning experience.

    H – Holistic Education is to prepare students to meet the challenges of living as well as academics. It is concerned with the development of a person’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials. Students should be provided the opportunity to develop in all areas of life.

    A – Developing and maintain an alliance between the school and home will help students continue their learning experiences long after the school doors are closed. Learning is a lifelong process one that should not end once a child leaves school. Parents can play a pivotal role in extending this experience for their children.

    N – Needs based approach is data driven. It is looking at where students currently are, mapping a course for their success and providing educational opportunities for their
    achievement. It is meeting the needs of each student as an individual and finding the right pedagogy for success.


    G – A successful school must be goal orientated. If clear goals are established, it can be a powerful engine that drives the success of a school. Goals need to be clear, specific and attainable. These goals need to drive instruction, motivate teachers and challenge students.

    E – An instructional leader should empower teachers. Empowerment comes through targeted and meaningful professional development. Sharing of best practices and supporting teachers in their day to day classroom instructions and discipline will empower them to present exceptional instructions for all students. Larson and LaFasto (1989) looked in interviewing excellent teams to gain insights as to
    what enables them to function to a high degree. As leader I have adopted their findings as a guide to creating a strong team effort geared towards student’s learning and school growth and success.

    1. A clear elevating goal —a vision built on hindsight and foresight coupled with insight.
    2. Results driven structure — students’ success must be priority
    3. Competent team members — staff using best practices and has knowledge of the content they teach.
    4. Unified commitment — we are a team, not a group
    5. A collaborative climate — alignment, mentorship and sharing
    6. High standards of excellence — rigorous instructions focus on mastery
    7. Principled leadership — the central driver of excellence
    8. External support —adequate resources
    “I might not change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain the will!” – Tupac Shakur