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RHS Teacher Christina Andrade Melly Named Finalist for State Teacher of the Year

Christina Andrade MellyChristina Andrade Melly, an English Language Arts teacher at Ritenour High School, has been named one of seven finalists for Missouri State Teacher of the Year.  The announcement was made today by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Melly is one of only four teachers from the St. Louis area to be named a finalist. 

Melly has spent her entire educational career in Ritenour, starting as a kindergarten student at Wyland and continuing in Ritenour schools until she graduated in 2006. After earning her degree at the 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.

“We are so excited and proud that Ms. Melly has been named a state teacher of the year finalist,” said Ritenour Superintendent Dr. Chris Kilbride.  “She makes a positive impact on the lives of her students every day. Her dedication to education, unmatched positive attitude, passion for teaching and compassion for each student makes her a standout, not only in Ritenour, but also in the state of Missouri.”

The state teacher of the year will be announced in October.  A committee of teachers, business leaders, and education organization officials will choose the teacher of the year following interviews with each finalist on Friday, Sept. 9. The winner, finalists, semi-finalists, and Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored during a recognition event on Oct. 17. 

Melly is one of five Ritenour teachers who have been recognized for excellence at the state level in the past decade.  She joins Beth Davey, the 2018 Missouri Teacher of the Year and 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; and Jim Anians, a 2013 state finalist when he was an English Language Arts teacher at Hoech Middle School.