Principal's Message

   Welcome to the home of the Riverwood Elementary School RAMS!  For those of you visiting our website for the first time, please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Leigh White and I am proud to call myself a Riverwood RAM.  I am a native of Knightdale and attended Wake County Schools.  My husband and I have lived in Clayton for eight years. Our three children are excited to be Riverwood students!  Our children are involved in various types of sports and activities.  In our spare time, we spend as much time as possible at the beach and the lake!  

    I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University.  I went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in School Administration from North Carolina State University.  Go Pack!  I spent my teaching career in Wake County and taught 2nd and 5th grades.  I began my administrative career in Johnston County Schools at Clayton Middle School as an assistant principal for four years.  I then became principal at Meadow School and had the pleasure to serve there for five years prior to joining the Riverwood family.  I am honored to be the principal at Riverwood.  I have spent the past several months getting to know the staff and have been very impressed with the level of support I have received from not only the staff but the parents and community.  I can already tell that Riverwood is a special place filled with people who love not only the students but each other.  I encourage you to maintain an active role in our school and in your child's education.  

    I have been in education for seventeen years and have been blessed to be called to this great profession.  Please know that I am here first and foremost for the benefit of our most important assets, which are the wonderful students that come through our doors each day. I wake up each day excited and committed to supporting our students, our school, our staff, our community, and our parents.  Helping children to succeed in all they set out to do is my passion.  I love what I do and it makes my day when students enjoy coming to school, have a love of learning, and feel like they are an important part of our school family.  I am also a huge advocate of reading.  If you walk into my office, you will see a bookshelf full of books for children.  I love to watch a child learn to read and become a lifelong lover of reading.  You will often hear me tell the students to read, read, read!


  • Share conversations with your child over meal times and other times you are together. Children learn words more easily when they hear them spoken often. Introduce new and interesting words at every opportunity.  

  • Read together every day. Spend time talking about stories, pictures, and words.

  • Be your child's best advocate. Keep informed about your child's progress in reading and ask the teacher about ways you can help.

  • Be a reader and a writer. Children learn habits from the people around them.

  • Visit the library often. Story times, computers, homework help, and other exciting activities await the entire family.

  • Rereading familiar books. Children need practice in reading comfortably and with expression using books they know.

  • Building reading accuracy. As your child is reading aloud, point out words he missed and help him/her read words correctly. If you stop to focus on a word, have your child re-read the whole sentence to be sure he/she understands the meaning.

  • Building reading comprehension. Talk with your child about what he/she is reading. Ask about new words. Talk about what happened in a story. Ask about the characters, places, and events that took place. Ask what new information he/she has learned from the book. Encourage him/her to read on her own.



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"The more you read the more you'll know; the more you read the more places you'll go!"

Dr. Seuss~
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