Ritenour Celebrates Its Own on Veterans Day 2021
On Veterans Day 2021, the Ritenour community celebrates and honors Ritenour and Special School District staff members who have served in the U.S. military to protect our great nation and its people. They continue serving by investing their time, talent and energy with Ritenour students, their families and the community. Staff who shared their photos and experiences are shown below.
Jim Anians, Hoech Middle School seventh-grade English language arts teacher
Served as an E4 specialist in the U.S. Army from 1972-1975. During his duty, he was a French linguist with a top secret clearance in the Army Security Agency.
Scott Both, Hoech MIddle School long-term substitute teacher
Served as a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army from 1987-2008. During his service, he helped develop the war plans for the second invasion into Iraq. His specialty was nuclear, biological and chemical warfare.
Chris Isaacs, Ritenour High School assistant principal
Served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1990-1998.
Dion Johnson, Marvin Elementary third grade teacher
Served as an E4 specialist in the U.S. Army from 1990-1994. During his service, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq as part of Operation Desert Storm. He says, “The military experience taught me all about hard work, dedication and a commitment to excellence.”
Scott Linne, Ritenour Middle School/SSD resource teacher
Served as an E6 petty officer first class in the U.S. Navy from 1999-2021. He retired after 22 years of active service, which included being on submarines from 1999-2007, then as a field engineer from 2007-2021. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012-2013.
Brian McCann, Ritenour Middle School seventh-grade math teacher
Served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 2006-2009. He was deployed and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007 through 2008.
Patrice Mitchell, Ritenour High School math teacher
Served in the U.S. Army from 1990-1995 as a specialist with the military police and was deployed to Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, as well as to Honduras and Germany.
Cabrina Noonan, Ritenour High School college counselor
Served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 2000-2003. She shares with students, “My military experience changed my life and it can change yours. If you're interested in enlisting in the military, please feel free to use me as a resource.”
Brittany Swanson, substitute teacher at Buder Elementary
Presently is an active reservist in the U.S. Army Reserves as private first class.
Alexander Terrance, Ritenour Middle School assistant principal
Served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp from 2002-2008 and 2010-2015, including deployments to Operation Enduring Freedom and Djibouti, Africa.