The Ritenour School District annually recognizes a staff member with the Make A Difference Award for excellence in working with Ritenour students with diverse needs and meeting the needs of the whole child.
This year, the honor went to Chrissy Phillips – the librarian at Buder Elementary School. Phillips has served as a Buder’s librarian since 2008, after teaching English language arts at Hoech Middle School for six years. She was officially recognized at the district’s annual Honors Dinner on April 27 at the Ritenour Auditorium.
For the last nine years at Buder, Chrissy has made the library an exciting place for active learning. The Buder library not only is a place where Phillips instills in students the love of reading and the excitement of creating multi-media projects, but it is also a makerspace where students have the opportunity to learn about design thinking and create STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) projects thanks to Phillips’ ingenuity and passion to make learning fun.
When she is not working with students, Phillips is helping her colleagues use technology in the classroom, setting up multimedia presentations and coordinating technology for schoolwide assemblies.
“Ms. Phillips truly makes a difference every single day at Buder Elementary School,” said school Principal Jennifer Singleton. “She is able to see the best in each student and works to help each student reach his or her potential. The library is a place of creativity, discovery, excitement, and of course, books! Our students and staff love Ms. Phillips because she always goes above and beyond.”