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Make a Difference Award

The Make a Difference Award recognizes a member of the Ritenour educational community for their efforts in supporting the diverse needs of students academically, socially and emotionally in a variety of learning settings.

Individuals who qualify for this award:
Adaptive PE Instructors
Occupational Therapists
Physical Therapists
School Psychologists
Social Workers
Special Education Teachers
Speech and Language Pathologist
Special Education Paraprofessional

Any staff member in the district can nominate an individual who meets the qualifications. The criteria for nomination include the following:

  • Excellence in the support of meeting the diverse needs of all students
  • Helping to support an atmosphere of continued learning and growth for all students

For questions about nominating an employee, email Evelyn Gilliam.

Make a Difference Nomination  DUE in November

Brian Chance, a Special School District teacher at Ritenour High School, was honored as the 2024 Make a Difference Award recipient for his excellence in working with Ritenour students with diverse needs.

Top Awards 2024

Make a Difference Past Honorees

 Michael Thomas  Re-Entry Center  2008
 Anne Becherer  Marion Elementary  2009
 Cate Peterson  RHS/SSD  2010
 Anne Gerst  Marion/SSD  2011
 Jennifer Love  District  2012
 Christina Thompson  Ritenour High School  2013
 Sara Luesse  Iveland Elementary  2014
 Kay Castello  SEC/SSD  2015
 Michael Steven Thomas  District  2016
 Chrissy Phillips  Buder Elementary  2017
 Julie Kampschroeder  Ritenour High School  2018
 Jeremy Kane  Buder and Marvin Elementary  2019
 Tavonda Palmer  Ritenour High School  2020
 Michael Nobile  District  2021
 Alexander Terrance  Ritenour Middle School  2022
 Bilal Ewing  Marion Elementary School  2023
 Brian Chance  Ritenour High School 2024