Specials - Art, Music, PE
My mission as an art educator is to instill a sense of personal and artistic integrity in my students. I am in my 21st year as an art educator, a title that I wear with great pride. My role in the artistic development of my students is to act as a resource and guide, giving my students skills and techniques to aid them in their unique creative processes. I always encourage my students to find their own voices through the expressive media of art. I always teach joy in the act of bringing a work of art to life.
My interest in art began at a young age. I visited a number of museums and absorbed every art book that I could find. It was at this early age that I desired to be an artist and to be an art educator in the future. I received an MFA with specialization in sculpture and ceramics from Indiana University in 1995.
I have been married for 5 years to my wife (Cindy). I have a son (Bruce, age 22) and two step children (Jackie, age 31 and Justin, age 28). We are empty nesters and enjoy spoiling our 2 German Shepherd fur babies (Jazmyn and Cassius). Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing darts and snorkeling.
Hello Marvin Families! My name is Ms. Kathleen Browner, and I am the K-5 Music Teacher. I also run the Marvin Elementary Strings Program (4th and 5th grade). This will be my second year teaching in Ritenour. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 Music Education, and I also hold training in the Suzuki Violin Method. I play the violin, cello, and piano. I grew up in Southern Illinois, and have recently relocated to St. Louis. In my free time, I enjoy reading and biking. I’m looking forward to working with your student this year, and helping them grow into a stronger musician through singing, playing, creating, and moving. Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions!
My name is Frank Ballmann. I am one of the PE teachers at Marvin Elementary. This is my sixth year at Marvin. I taught first grade, third grade, and fifth grade before moving to PE. I also coach football, baseball, and basketball at Ritenour High School. I love Ritenour kids and feel honored to work with your students every day. I have been married for four years to my wife (Jessica) and we have a daughter (Vivian). We also have a cat (Oliver) Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, and everything sports.
Hello everyone, My name is Kim Hegger. I am one of the P.E. teachers here at Marvin. This is my 20th year teaching and my 20th here at Marvin. I have loved being at Marvin all of those years and have loved getting to know all of the students here. I can’t wait to meet your children and teach them about being healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while finding fun ways to do it. I have been married for the last 11 years to my husband Rich and we have two girls together. Brooke is 9 and Grace is 5. Outside of school I love spending time with family and spending lots of time at our lake house at the Lake of the Ozarks. I look forward to an interesting and challenging year and learning all about your children.