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Ritenour Welcomes New Assistant Principal to Kratz Elementary

Nicole Burnett The Ritenour School District is pleased to welcome Nicole Burnett as the new assistant principal at Kratz Elementary School, effective July 1, 2021.

Burnett comes to Ritenour with 20 years of experience as a teacher, school counselor and administrator in K-12 schools in the St. Louis area. She currently serves as assistant principal at Gateway Science Academy South.

“Ms. Burnett’s broad range of experience with students and families, coupled with her strong leadership skills, makes her a wonderful fit for the Kratz community,” said Superintendent Dr. Chris Kilbride. “She has passion and experience in meeting the social-emotional needs of students and families, and building meaningful relationships with school communities. We are excited to welcome her at Kratz.”

In addition to her outstanding education credentials, Burnett is a licensed professional counselor who is nationally board certified. 

The majority of Burnett’s career (2001-2018) has been in the Hazelwood School District, where she spent her first five years as a sixth grade teacher and then the next 12 years as a school counselor. Prior to her position at Gateway Science Academy, she served as an administrator at Crossroads College Preparatory school during the 2018-2019 school year. She also has provided counseling services for children and families through several local agencies.

Burnett said she is excited to begin her new journey in Ritenour in July.

“What drew me to Kratz and the Ritenour School District is knowing that the expectation for students is not only for them to achieve their personal best but to become lifelong learners with the understanding that the school, families and community work together to make this happen,” said Burnett. “I already have felt that Kratz embraces the feeling of family, and I can’t wait to fully immerse myself in this special community.” 

Burnett earned an education specialist degree in school administration and two master’s degrees in counseling from Lindenwood University, and a bachelor’s in education from University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Burnett will replace Meghan McNulty as assistant principal. McNulty will take the helm as Kratz principal on July 1 upon the retirement of Dr. Tim Streicher.