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First Class Teacher

First Class (First Year) Teacher Award

The Ritenour School District is proud of our outstanding teachers. First Class teachers exemplify the following:

Fidelity of Implementation
How does the nominee ensure they are teaching the curriculum as it was designed to be taught?

How does the nominee facilitate a high-level/complex response from their learners?

What are the various examples this nominee uses in creating curricular connections with various cultures and real world scenarios?

What are the various ways that the nominee maintains a high level of interaction with their students in the learning process?
How does this teacher ensure he/she is teaching to the variety of student learning styles in the classroom?

Distinguishing Characteristics
As compared with other past or present first year teachers in the Ritenour School District, what distinguishes your nominee as the most outstanding? For questions about nominating a First Class Teacher, email Evelyn Gilliam.  

Madison Kukic, a fifth-grade teacher at Wyland Elementary, is the district’s First Class Teacher for 2022-2023.
“Mrs. Kukic creates a space in her classroom where students are safe to be who they are and express their authentic selves,” said Wyland Elementary Principal Dr. Lisa Greenstein.  “We appreciate not only her skills that make her classroom a model for trauma-informed teaching and learning, but also the extra effort she made to become bilingual in Spanish. She exemplifies what we are striving for as the future of Ritenour teachers.”    

Madison Kukic

First Class Teacher Past Nominations

 Kevin Daniels  Ritenour High School  2006-2007
 Stacey Wilson  Wyland Elementary  2007-2008
 Jessica Snoberger  Hoech Middle School  2008-2009
 Michael Dragoni  Buder Elementary  2009-2010
 Gisela Macias  Kratz Elementary  2011-2012
 Rachael LaFata  Iveland Elementary  2013-2014
 Renita Smith  Iveland Elementary  2015-2016
 Amanda Drilling  Ritenour Middle School  2017-2018
 Luke Sanders  Iveland Elementary  2019-2020
 Sydney Tomaso  Kratz Elementary  2020-2021
 Dianitia Butler  Iveland Elementary  2021-2022
 Madison Kukic  Wyland Elementary  2022-2023