The Sterling National Financial Group awards two educators for making a difference in the lives of students and this year, a local assistant principal has been nominated for the national Sterling Shining Star of the Year.
Brownsboro ISD Chandler Elementary’s Assistant Principal, Ricky Daily, is taking on a very difficult fight but you may not ever know it because of his attitude.
“He always has a smile on his face,” said Chandler Elementary Third Grade Teacher Briana Drake. “He’s a very positive influence, you would never know that he had something like this going on at home.”
Daily’s five-year-old son, Jonah, was diagnosed with Leukemia last January.
“We’ve seen God’s love been poured out by so many people. One of those things we do try to do on a daily basis is to talk about those things we are thankful for,” said Daily.
It is his faith and courage his co-workers said is a blessing to work alongside him.
“Anytime we have a need or a problem, we are very comfortable going to him with whatever we need and he’s very quick to help us,” said Kindergarten Teacher Stefanie Parker.
Miss Parker teaches Jonah and said the love he has for his dad is immeasurable.
“He’s fascinated with ties and I believe it’s because Ricky wears a tie everyday,” she said. “You can just see in Jonah’s eyes how much he loves his dad. Anytime he sees him walk by our classroom, he runs to the door.”
Daily said it is his sons’ positivity that gives him a boost for each new day.
“Unfortunately, he spiked a fever this past Sunday, he’s at Children’s right now and that’s where my wife is with him,” he said. “I will tell you that Jonah and Judson, his younger brother, both of them have been so inspiring through this whole process.”
While many people said Mr. Daily is well deserving of the award, he continues to shine the light on others.
“The true shining stars are the teachers and students at this school,” he said. “Everyday, it is such a joy to come to work with such amazing people.”
The winning educators will receive a $10,000 cash prize to be shared between the educator and their school.