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February 2017 Weddings, Babies and Kudos


Mattson Wedding Kristina Mattson (right), an RHS math teacher, got engaged in December to Cody Martin, her college sweetheart from Northern Michigan University. They plan to wed in December 2017.

Lindsey Salant, first-grade teacher at Marvin Elementary, got engaged to Keith Clements on Oct. 21. They are planning a Nov. 19, 2017 wedding in St. Charles.

Alexander Terrance (below), an RHS history teacher, proposed to Kristine Gage on Nov. 25 at Castlewood State Park. They plan to marry in the fall of 2018.

Proposal at Castlewood


and Adam Barnstead (below), both teachers at Iveland Elementary, celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Quinn Knight Barnstead on Oct. 26.  Quinn weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. and was 19 inches long. Big sister Harper, 3, was excited to welcome home her new sibling.

Barnstead Family


Dr. Richard Bell
(below), vocal music teacher at Ritenour High School, welcomed a new grandson on Feb. 15.   George Garrison Quinley was born weighing 8 lbs. 11 oz and was 21 inches long. Proud parents are Emily Bell Quinley (RHS Class of 2011) and husband Taylor. Proud great aunt is Ruth Bell Greco, Ritenour Board of Education director.  

Dr. Bell and grandson



Rachel Tripp
, an RHS science teacher, and husband Seth welcomed their second child, Braden Alexander (below), on Dec. 9 a little earlier than expected. After some time getting healthy in the neonatal intensive care unit, Seth is thriving at home with big brother Hayden, age 2.

Tripp brothers





Eloise Jean Leyh-Pierce Sadie Leyh-Pierce, a Ritenour social worker, gave birth on Jan. 15 to a beautiful daughter, Eloise Jean Leyh-Pierce (right). She debuted at 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 inches long. Sadie reports, “Her mom Lilly and I are over the moon to welcome our first little friend into our family!”

Rolanda Dodds-Piggs, office professional at the Administrative Center, welcomed her third grandchild, Cosima Maria Marshall, on Jan. 30.  Cosima made her debut at 5 lbs. 15 oz. and was 19 inches long. Her parents are  Reva Dodds (RHS Class of 2011) and Charles Marshall.

Kevin Daniels, an RHS math teacher, and wife Meredith welcomed their third son, Liam, on Jan. 15.  Liam, who weighed at 8 lbs. 6 oz. and 22 inches long at birth, joins his big brothers, 4-year old Nate and 2-year old Owen.


Jane Bannester, RHS broadcast journalism teacher and advisor for KRHS Media, was recognized in December by the Journalism Education Association, the largest scholastic journalism organization for the teachers and media advisers.  She also has received the prestigious honors by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System as the Best TV Station Faculty Advisor and Best Radio Station Faculty Advisor. The 2017 awards will be presented on March 4 at the International IBS Conference in New York City. Her students are finalists in 40 categories in the 2017 Trophy Awards program and also will receive their awards on March 4.

Donna Lee, office professional at Wyland Elementary, is excited to share that her son, Shawn Lee, will be promoted to lieutenant colonel at Beal Air Force Base in California on March 1. He is a 2002 graduate of the Air Force Academy in Colorado.

Jerry Nolen, RHS activities director will be honored March 11, 2017 as the Gateway District Administrator of the Year by the Missouri Association of Student Councils at the organization’s state conference.

Jennifer Tadsen, French teacher at RHS, was re-elected for another term as the vice president of the Greater St. Louis Area Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). She also was selected as a Class Dojo Ambassador after being a mentor for this program for several years. At a November 2016 workshop in Rolla, she was the keynote speaker and shared valuable information enhancing students’ proficiency by integrating technology into world language education.

Fun Photos

Kendall Lee
Kendall Lee, age 7, dresses up as a 100-year-old lady for her 100th day of school in Lincoln, Calif. She is the granddaughter of Donna Lee, office professional at Wyland Elementary.

Lytle Vacation
Fareda Lytle, an ELL teacher at Ritenour Middle, and her family enjoy winter break on the high seas on Carnival Cruise Triumph. With her husband Eric Sr. and their children, Brook and Eric II. The ship docked at Cozumel and Yucatan Progresso, Mexico. 
Valerie Stanfill and family  
Valerie Stanfill, teacher at the Ritenour School for Early Childhood Education, and her family celebrate the upcoming arrival of a new baby this spring. Photo Credit: Joanna Coon, second-grade Teacher at Buder Elementary.