May 2022 Celebrations
Crinnion Kouzomis, a Special School District resource teacher who serves students at Wyland and Marion elementary schools, is excited to share that she and her husband, Alexander Kouzomis, were finally able to celebrate their wedding ceremony with friends and family on May 7.They were officially married in May 2020, but due to the pandemic they could not have more than five people at their ceremony. Sadly, the rest of their guests had to watch on Zoom. This month, they enjoyed a big ceremony at Seven Holy Founders Church in Affton and a reception at the Hawken House in Webster Groves.
Angela Lane, Ritenour High School science teacher, celebrated the wedding of her daughter, Krysten N. Lane to Nolan Wheeler II on May 6.
Penni Martin, a Ritenour High School math teacher, got engaged to Jonathan Nuttall on April 24. Their wedding is set for this summer on Aug. 6.
Lindsey Clements, a Marvin Elementary first grade teacher, welcomed Sawyer Samson Clements into the world on April 12, two months early. He graduated from the NICU on May 10 and is doing great at home.
Christi DeMuri, Ritenour High School Project Lead the Way computer science teacher, became a grandma on April 10 when Ava Adelin DeMuri made her debut. Ava arrived five weeks early and is doing great. Proud parents are J.C. and Kelly DeMuri.
Christina Andrade Melly, Ritenour High School English language arts teacher, welcomed Daniel Joseph Melly to our family on April 20th, weighing 8lb. 2oz. and 19 ¾ inches long. Big brother Oliver loves "his baby."
Alexander Terrance, assistant principal at Ritenour Middle School, and his wife Kristine, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Parker Ruth Terrance, on April 27. Parker made her debut at 7 lbs. 14 oz. and 18 ¾ inches long. Big brother August, age 2, loves spending time with her.
Stacey and Doug Bray are the proud parents of Madison Bray, who signed a letter of intent on March 21 to swim for Maryville University next fall. Stacey is a reading specialist/interventionist at Wyland Elementary and Doug is Ritenour's director of communications and community services. Madison will graduate from Rosati-Kain High School on May 23. She plans to study physical therapy and exercise science at Maryville.
Madison Fritsche, a school psychology diagnostic intern with Special School District at Wyland Elementary, graduated with a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in school psychology from Univesity of Missouri-Columbia! She will now be a practicing school psychologist for SSD and continue partnering with the Ritenour School District.
Evelyn Gilliam, director of professional development, is proud to share that her son, Langston, a third-grader at Jackson Park Elementary, received a blue ribbon from the St. Louis Science Fair and also a special award from Missouri Most 529 for his project called "Chicken Bone Reactions." He tested how chicken bones change in different liquids. He discovered that water had no effect, club soda made the cartilage swell, and vinegar weakened the bones so they bend.
Tavonda Palmer Harvey, Ritenour High School graduation coach, graduated on May 7 from Lindenwood University with my Education Specialist in School Administration.
Fareda Lytle, Ritenour Middle School English language learner teacher, is proud to share that her daughter, Brooke L., was recently among one of the wonderful area high schoolers who were recognized by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for earning an A- average or better in the first semester. Brooke is completing her freshman year at Clayton High School.
Fareda also shares her pride of her son, Eric, a graduating senior from Clayton, who recently received the Golf Foundation of Missouri's, Larry L. Denskin's Scholarship. The scholarship provides him $1500 per semester for four years, totaling $12,000, while he attends Alabama A & M. Eric plans to major in construction management.
Robyn McCaleb, an office professional at Kratz Elementary, recently welcomed a new family member into her home. Diamond McCaleb, an adorable Schnauzer, was born on Feb. 25, 2022 and has easily won over the heart of Robyn.
Karen Musemic, coordinator of the Ritenour Adult Education & Literacy program, has been elected as president-elect to the Missouri Association for Adult Continuing and Community Education. She also is the professional organization’s conference chair, and will serve on the committees for professional development and MOLearns distance learning. She has a special interest in bringing social equity training to the AEL community at the state level.
Tina Nichols, a Buder Elementary fourth grade teacher, is proud to share that her daughter, Madelyn Nichols, graduated Cum Laude from Southeast Missouri State University on May 14. She graduated with an Early Childhood Education degree and is certified in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.
Amanda Stein, Iveland Elementary third grade teacher, was honored on May 16 in Washington, D.C. with the prestigious National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Elissa Froman Inspiring Leader Award. NCJW each year honors an emerging leader who has a strong impact on improving the lives of women and children in their community. Named in honor of the beloved NCJW staff member and faithful advocate for social justice, Elissa Froman, the Elissa Froman Inspiring Leadership Award recognizes individuals who stand for the values that Elissa embraced – a deep commitment to Judaism, a passion for mentoring, advocating for social justice, and a dedication to issues of concern to NCJW.
Hannah Vesper, a Buder Elementary school counselor, earned a master's in education in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling from University of Missouri-St. Louis on May 15.
Jean Weir, Ritenour Middle School seventh grade English language arts teacher, is proud to share that her oldest child, Kai Weir, is graduating with honors from Missouri State University on May 20 with a bachelor of science in psychology. They will be working for an agency that helps foster children. Jean’s second oldest, Patrick Weir, is being inducted into the Science and Technology Honors Society at Christian Brother's College High School. He is being offered an internship in his junior year for cybersecurity. Patrick also recently earned the rank of Life Scout and is on the road to earn his Eagle.