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: 2021 Make A Difference Award DUE NOV. 18, 2020
- 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.
Tavonda Palmer, graduation coach and leadership teacher at Ritenour High School, is the 2020 Make A Difference Award honoree. As an RHS Class of 2000 graduate, Palmer enjoys making a difference and leaving a positive legacy in the lives of young people. She is in her 14th year as a teacher at her alma mater.
Palmer is one of the most decorated and celebrated educators in the Ritenour School District. Over the past few years, she has received numerous awards and accolades - both regionally and nationally.
“Ms. Palmer personifies what it means to receive the Make A Difference Award,” said Ritenour Superintendent Dr. Chris Kilbride. “She is a highly-skilled, engaging educator with high expectations of her students not only to live up to their potential academically, but also as servant leaders in their school. She does a great job touching students’ hearts to enable their minds so they can excel academically and beyond. Because of her, many students’ lives have been changed for the better.”
On her nomination form, one of her students commented: “I would select Ms.Palmer because whenever I'm feeling down or not myself she knows automatically and does a very great job of lifting my spirit. She sees unconditional potential in all her students. If you let her she can mold you into your very best and authentic self.”
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