1st Grade Classrooms

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    Tara GniadekTara Gniadek
    gniadekt@ritenourschools.org

    Hi Everyone!

    My name is Mrs. Gniadek and I teach First Grade at Buder Elementary. I have taught Kindergarten for 27 years for the Ritenour District.  This will be a new adventure in First Grade.   I have two daughters, Haley and Riley.  Haley attends the graduate program at The Ohio State and Riley attends SEMO.  I love spending time with family and friends.

    I love building relationships and sparking a love for learning in my students.  


    Ashley MartinAshley Martin
    martinas@ritenourschools.org

    Hello! My name is Ashley Martin. This is my fifth year teaching, I previously taught kindergarten and preschool. I have my bachelors degree in elementary education from UMSL. 

    Outside of school, I love to spend time with my husband and two sons. I love to be outside, hang with my two dogs and cat, and read. 

    I am excited to meet my students and to become a classroom family. I hope that we can approach this year as a team to help your child grow!


    Steele Michelle Steele
    steelem@ritenourschools.org

    My name is Michelle Steele and I have been teaching about 10 years, seven here at Buder! I have been teaching First Grade for four years now and I love it. I began as a social worker, so I work hard to create an equitable, loving, and supportive community in the classroom. 

    I have a daughter in college at St. Louis University, a dog named Tyson who is THE best boy, and four lizards (Stella, Vincent, Jack, and Maui.)


    Chynna YoungChynna Young
    youngc@ritenourschools.org 

    Hello! My name is Chynna Young and this will be my third year teaching. I graduated from Mizzou with a bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I completed my first two years of teaching in Hazelwood and taught Pre-K and kindergarten. I am very excited to be in Ritenour School District and to be teaching first grade. I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog Bentley, and going to the gym after school. I cannot wait to get to know all of my students!