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The 2023 Ritenour School District Honors Dinner took place on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

Ritenour honored our awards recipients, 25-year employees and retirees from the 2022-2023 school year.  Thank you for all you do for our students and staff each and every day!  You are truly shining stars in Ritenour!  We hope you enjoyed the program!

Click on the links below to watch videos from the event:

View all photos from the event here.

2022-2023 Ritenour School District Awards Recipients:

  • Diamond Circle Teacher of the Year:  Amy Metz, Ritenour High School English language learner teacher
    Amy Metz
  • Diamond Circle Employee of the Year:  Roger Robles, Ritenour School District nighttime custodial supervisor
    (Not in attendance)
  • Make A Difference Award:  Bilal Ewing, Marion Elementary principal
    Bilal Ewing
  • First Class Teacher Award:  Madison Kukic, Wyland Elementary fifth grade teacher
    Madison Kukic

Diamond Circle Teachers:

  • Nicole Eberenz, Buder Elementary interventionist
  • Leslie Fister, Iveland Elementary interventionist
  • Chelsea Booker, Kratz Elementary English language learner teacher
  • Cindy Busby, Marion Elementary fifth grade teacher
  • Ashley Heede, Marvin Elementary kindergarten teacher
  • Amy Murillo, Wyland Elementary third grade teacher
  • Dr. Marquita Bowers-Brown, Hoech Middle sixth grade social studies teacher
  • Camille D. Morgan, Ritenour Middle seventh grade math teacher
  • Amy Metz, Ritenour High School English language learner teacher


Diamond Circle Awardees


Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award:

  • Danielle Swallow, Ritenour High School math teacher

25-Year Employees:

  • Mary Alexander, Iveland Elementary English language learner teacher
  • Anne Curran, Hoech Middle School nurse
  • Christine Hoffmeyer, Wyland Elementary third grade teacher
  • Randy Jackson, Ritenour School District Maintenance Department
  • Dannitha Johnson-Bock, School for Early Childhood Education teacher's aide
  • Darrell Jones, Ritenour School District Technology Department 
  • Rebecca Leb, Ritenour School District instructional coach
  • Jennifer Nilges, Hoech Middle School assistant principal
  • Katrena R. Noah-Hubbard, School for Early Childhood Education/SSD paraprofessional
  • Stacy Shipman, Iveland Elementary School first grade teacher
  • Matt Steitz, Ritenour High School art teacher
  • Jennifer Wellman, Hoech Middle School sixth grade English language arts teacher


25-Year Award Recipients


2022-2023 Retirees:

  • Jane Bannester, Ritenour High School broadcast journalism teacher
  • Suzanne Burkhalter, Wyland Elementary second grade teacher
  • Debbie Catalano, Administrative Center office professional
  • Michelle Clover, Administrative Center executive assistant to the superintendent and secretary of the Board of Education
  • Anne Curran, Hoech Middle School nurse
  • Doug Eaves, Ritenour High School/SSD teacher
  • Jaimie Flaherty, Kratz Elementary interventionist
  • Mary Garcia, Ritenour Middle School child nutrition cook
  • Hadley Haux, Ritenour High School band director
  • Cathy Hudson, School for Early Childhood Education/SSD paraprofessional
  • Christopher J. Isaacs, Ritenour High School assistant principal
  • Ether M. Mitchell, Kratz Elementary cafe manager
  • Marvin Moehle, Ritenour High School/SSD paraprofessional
  • Debbie Mulligan, Hoech Middle School math teacher
  • Garth Scott, Ritenour High School 
  • Rick Shelton, Ritenour High School physical education/health teacher
  • Robert Skinner, Hoech Middle School assistant principal
  • Michele Sparling, Ritenour School District Transportation bus driver
  • Harlon Williams, Iveland Elementary daytime lead custodian




Stepping Up Into Teaching Award

  • Candice Hayes, Kratz Elementary School
  • Tyrese Robinson, Hoech Middle School
  • Amanda Steimel, Hoech Middle School
  • Brittany Swanson, Hoech Middle School
  • Robert Swapshire, Hoech Middle School
  • Drew Swihart, Hoech Middle School
  • Keiza Taylor, Kratz Elementary School
  • Kailyn Ware, Ritenour High School


Stepping Up