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Ritenour High School Teacher Named as a St. Louis Regional Teacher of the Year

Christina Andrade MellyChristina Andrade Melly, a Ritenour High School (RHS) English language arts teacher and 2021 Diamond Circle Teacher of the Year, is the fifth Ritenour educator in the last nine years to be recognized at the state level for excellence in teaching. 

Melly is one of 34 teachers from throughout Missouri recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a 2022 St. Louis Regional Teacher of the Year. Melly is one of 10 educators from the St. Louis region to receive this honor, which is coordinated by EducationPlus and the St. Louis Regional Professional Development Center.

Melly has spent her entire educational journey in Ritenour, starting as a kindergartner at Wyland and continuing in Ritenour schools until she graduated in 2006. After earning her degree at University of Missouri-Columbia, she returned to Ritenour as a part-time adult education teacher and substitute teacher. She has been teaching at her alma mater for the last 11 years.

Ritenour Superintendent Dr. Chris Kilbride said Melly is a tremendous role model and inspires excellence with her students and colleagues.

“Ms. Melly’s unmatched positive attitude, passion for teaching and compassion for each student who joins her classroom community makes her a standout not only in Ritenour but also in the St. Louis area,” said Dr. Kilbride. “We couldn’t be more delighted that she is being honored at the regional level.”

In addition to teaching English language arts at RHS, Melly has supported her students as a coach for the school’s debate team. She also is the president of the Ritenour National Education Association and is a committee chair at the state level. 

Melly and the nine other St. Louis Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored at a banquet on July 18. Regional honorees will be considered for the Missouri State Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in October. 

Other Ritenour teachers who have been recognized for their excellence at the state level were: Beth Davey, the 2018 Missouri Teacher of the Year and was a national finalist with the U.S. Department of Education when she was a music teacher at Iveland Elementary; Sheneé McCoy, a 2020 Regional Teacher of the Year when she was a teacher at Kratz Elementary;  Dr. Michael Dragoni, a 2015 finalist for Missouri Teacher of the Year in 2015 when he was an art teacher at Buder Elementary; Jim Anians, a 2013 state finalist when he was an English language arts teacher at Hoech Middle School.