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August Weddings, Babies & Kudos


Tiffany Maurer (pictured left), a sixth-grade English language arts teacher at Hoech Middle School, recently became engaged to Russ Lundy. They are planning a wedding in February 2018.

Helena (Hoppe) Morales (pictured right), a second-grade teacher at Kratz Elementary, married P.J. Morales on June 24.

Tiffany Maurer & Russ Lundy   Helena and PJ


Abbey Bender, second-grade teacher at Marvin Elementary, and boyfriend Brandon Guice welcomed Casen Guice (upper 1&2) into the world on June 7. Casen made his debut at 6 lbs. 3 oz. and was 19 ¾ in. long. (photo by Bella Baby Photography)

Elizabeth Harms, an English Language Learner teacher at Marvin Elementary, and husband Bryan welcomed Emma Knight (upper 3) Harms into their family on April 27, weighing 8 lbs. 11 oz.  Emma’s proud brother is Evan, 2.

Megan Stocksick, fifth-grade teacher at Wyland Elementary, and husband Scott welcomed Matthew Thomas (lower 1&2) on Aug. 3, weighing 7 lbs. 8 oz and was 19 inches long. Kennedy, almost 3, is excited to be a big sister!

Tammy Young, financial secretary at Ritenour High School, is the proud new grandmother of Zane Michael Young (lower 3), who was born July 8 weighing 9 lbs. 4 oz. and was 22 inches long.  Zane’s parents are Brad (RHS Class of 2006) and Brittney Young. (photo by Veronica Young Photography)

Bender Baby    Bender Baby    Harms baby                        Stocksick Baby     Stocksick Baby     Young Grandbaby


Jane Bannester, media teacher at Ritenour High School, had a busy summer learning, presenting and teaching around the country. She started her summer at Drone Journalism School in June with professional journalists from across the country. The school was held by Poynter and Google News Lab at the University of Wisconsin. In July, she presented at the Journalism Education Association Advisory Institute in Las Vegas. Back at home, she taught journalism skills to students from across St. Louis at the Gateway Writing Project summer camp.  She and her Ritenour High School radio and television students were featured in a story in the July edition of NEA Today.

Louise Haar-Chapman, English language arts teacher at Ritenour High School, is the proud mother of 8-year-old Atticus, who was featured in a Florida newspaper on Aug. 7 for his generous spirit and passion for saving loggerhead sea turtles. Read more in the Naples Daily News.

Donna Coleman, office professional at Buder Elementary, celebrated the wedding of her daughter, Rebecca Coleman, to DeLon Hill (below) on July 17 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Both are 2005 graduates of Ritenour High School.

Rebecca and DeLon Hill

Jared Holtmeyer, Ritenour High School science teacher, is a proud father eager to share how his children, Amelia, 5, and Hendrix, 3 (below), show pure enjoyment of simple summertime fun eating ice cream cones.

Holtmeyer Kids

Kevin Kulage, a member of the Ritenour maintenance crew, is happy to share that he finally got the easement to his property in Iron County and appreciates all the support from his colleagues during the past 18 months.

Yvonne Leigh, a fourth-grade teacher at Wyland Elementary, is proud to welcome a new son-in-law to her family. Her daughter, Cassie, married Alex Bryant (below) on June 18.  (photographer: Hadrian Suber)

Cassie and Alex Bryant

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Singleton, principal of Buder Elementary, who earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Saint Louis University this summer.

Congratulations to Michael Thomas, a Ritenour family and student interventionist, who completed his education specialist degree from Lindenwood University this summer.

Cindy Tucker, office professional at Ritenour Middle School, and Don Tucker, a member of the district maintenance crew, will be very busy celebrating both sons’ weddings next spring. Their son, Ryan (RHS Class of 2009) will get married on March 24. Their son, Eric (RHS Class of 2012) graduated in May from Southern Illinois University –Edwardsville with a bachelor’s in construction management and is now an assistant superintendent at PARIC Corp. Eric became engaged in July and is planning to get married also in the spring 2018.

Congratulations to Lynn Wynen-Chamberlain, a sixth-grade SSD English language arts teacher at Ritenour Middle School, who earned her middle school science certification this summer after passing the MEGA Middle School Science test.