Dr. Chris Kilbride became the 14th Superintendent of Schools for the Ritenour School District on July 1, 2012.
A well respected and talented educator who began his career as a classroom teacher, Kilbride has always made student learning and achievement the focus of his work. He truly wants to make a difference for children in the district.
Kilbride’s educational philosophy is simple, “We want every child learning and growing at high levels every single day. We are committed to helping all children achieve their educational goals.”
Kilbride began his educational career as a teacher at Stevens Middle School in Wilmington, Ill. in 1998. He joined Ritenour in 1999 as a seventh grade teacher at Hoech Middle School (1999-2002) before moving to district director of Professional Development from 2002-2004. For three years (2004-07), Kilbride served as assistant principal (2004-2006) and interim principal (2006-2007) at Kratz Elementary. Prior to being named Ritenour’s Superintendent, Kilbride was principal at Buder Elementary for five years (2007-2012).
During his term as principal, Buder was recognized for its success in decreasing the achievement gap among minority and low-income students. In March of 2012, Kilbride and members of the school leadership team were asked to present at a conference at the University of Missouri to discuss the school’s success.
In addition to his role as school principal, Kilbride served on a number of leadership and advisory committees. For three years (2009-2012), he was a supervisor of administrative interns from Maryville University and Lindenwood University, helping prepare school administrators and future principals. He was also part of the planning team for the Waters Institute for Systems Thinking in Schools Conference, which is attended by hundreds of teachers and school administrators from throughout the region. As a member of the Regional Professional Development Committee from 2004-2006, Kilbride helped provide high-quality professional development to educators in the St. Louis area.
Kilbride was named chairman of the North County Board of Directors for 2018, where he will serve a one-year term.The Missouri School Public Relations Association (MOSPRA) named Kilbride its 2018 Administrator of the Year. The award is given to a school administrator who exhibits excellent communication skills and supports open communications in his or her school district.He was named the 2016 Administrator of the Year by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) for his outstanding support of Ritenour High School’s student journalism program. He was also appointed to the EducationPlus Board of Directors in 2016.
In addition, Kilbride was named one of North County Incorporated’s 30 Leaders in their Thirties in 2009.
Kilbride holds a Doctor of Education degree from Saint Louis University (SLU), a Master of Arts in Education from SLU and an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Eureka College in Eureka, Ill. He holds Missouri Superintendent Certification.
Kilbride and his wife, Sally, have two children – Declan and Sadie.