Welcome to Miss Ritter's class!
It's going to be a llama-zing year in grades three and four!
Grades: 3/4 SC
I am so excited to be joining the fantastic community at Oak Grove Elementary! My name is Christina Ritter, and I will be your child’s teacher for the 2018-19 school year. I am a proud WCSD alum (K-12), and have been working in the district since 2014. I am fortunate enough to have practical experience in all grade levels and subject areas, but my focus has been 1-6 Special Education. I believe in setting high standards and giving my students the tools and confidence with which to reach them! I welcome and encourage parent involvement in my class, and look forward to working closely with each of you to help your child succeed! Below, find a bit more about me, my teaching philosophy, and classroom expectations. I am looking forward to a great year!
I graduated from Marist College in 2014 with a Dual B.A. in Psychology and Special Education, and went on to receive my M.A. in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (geared toward school violence prevention) from Arizona State University in 2016. I am NYS certified in 1-6 Childhood Education and 1-6 Special Education. I am the recipient of awards and competitive grants in curriculum design, place-based education, and regional history.
My teaching philosophy focuses on creating lifelong learners and inspiring community ambassadors. I aim to instill in my students a sense of confidence, curiosity, and a desire to learn – supported by a framework for selfguided learning that will transcend the classroom to every day challenges and experiences. Beyond classroom learning, I have a strong consideration for the social, emotional, and behavioral challenges of my students. Safety and security, both physical and psychological, are primary elements of my planning. Every student comes to class carrying his or her own weight of experience, anxiety, insecurity, and challenges. Creating a calm, safe, and well-structured environment, rooted in genuine caring and mutual respect, eliminates some of those outside barriers to learning