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
Special Education Teachers
Speech and Language Pathologist
Special Education ParaprofessionalAny staff member in the district can nominate an individual who meets the qualifications. The criteria for nomination include the following:
Nominate an employee: 2022 Make A Difference Award Due Oct. 25, 2021
- 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.
Alexander Terrance, an assistant principal at Ritenour Middle School, is the Make A Difference Award recipient for the 2021-2022 school year. Terrance is in his fourth year as an assistant principal at Ritenour Middle School. In February, he was named the new principal of Hoech Middle School.
Terrance makes a difference in the lives of students by building strong, caring relationships with them every day, according to RMS Principal Dr. Brian Rich.
“Students adore Mr. Terrance,” Rich said. “He is skilled at building strong relationships with students, staff and families. He works closely with all members of our school community to build a productive and engaging environment. It’s not unusual to walk down the hall with Alex and hear him address every student by their name along with a ‘high five’.”
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