A select group of local teachers were part of the University College Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15. Ten teachers from the Ritenour School District completed a two-year journey of intense professional development resulting in the Advanced Certificate in Science Education from Washington University in St. Louis. The certificate coursework was part of the Science Teacher Leadership Institute offered by the Institute for School Partnership.
- Joe Auteberry – 6th grade at Hoech Middle School
- Adam Barnstead – 1st grade at Iveland Elementary School
- Mitzy Barnstead – 5th grade at Iveland Elementary School
- Jamie Eagle – 6th grade at Hoech Middle School
- Julie LaConte – 6th grade at Hoech Middle School
- Meghan McNulty – 4th grade at Marion Elementary School
- Daniel Ott – 7th grade at Ritenour Middle School
- Stephanie Owens – 7th grade at Ritenour Middle School
- Annette Rodgers – 7th grade at Hoech Middle School
- Danielle Sever – 3rd grade at Iveland Elementary School
The ISP offers customized teacher professional development services to assist in making changes within a grade level, throughout a school or across a district. Throughout their courses the Ritenour teachers worked closely with Paul Markovits, PhD, ISP science educator, and Phyllis Balcerzak, PhD, ISP associate director. They also worked with a team of educators including Carol Ross-Baumann, science education consultant, Elizabeth Petersen, science teacher and ISP Kirk Teacher Fellow, and ISP staff members Jack Wiegers and Anne Chilson. Support for the Ritenour teachers’ participation in the program was provided by the Ritenour School District and The Boeing Company.