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Michael Ritter

Born and raised in Montana, I am the oldest of five children. I knew I wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember. My father started out as a high school history and government teacher. As a little kid I used to take his graded papers out of the trash and place them around my bed and pretend they were my students. 

I graduated from Helena High School in the bicentennial year of 1976 all dressed in red, white and blue. I attended Carroll College majoring in Elementary Education and PE. After graduating in 1980 I left Montana for Seattle. My college roommate was from there so I visited there off and on over the years. I fell in love with the city and decided this is where I want to begin. I taught at St. Matthew's Catholic School for five years. Teaching grades 2, 4, and 5. While there I obtained my Master's Degree in School Administration from Seattle Pacific University in 1985. During that summer I married my college sweetheart, Mary Madden. 

In August of 1985 we moved to San Diego to be closer to Mary's family. That fall I began a teaching 5th grade and was Vice-principal at St. Michael's Academy. During my tenure at St. Michael's I was challenged to move up to the 8th grade to teach math and science. I was a little apprehensive at first but I was told just to think of these big kids as Kindergarteners in big bodies. 

After five years at St. Michael's, I felt it was time to try my hand at administration. I was hired as principal to help rejuvinate Holy Spirit School in East San Diego. It was quite a challenge. But after 4 years of hard work, the Diocese decided that Holy Spirit was past its prime due to an over concentration of schools and a declining elementary school age population in the area. So it was closed. I decided that demands of administration took too much of a toll on my two young children and my wife, so I decided to return to the classroom. I was hired to teach middle school at Holy Trinity in El Cajon. During that time I started to get an itch to teach high school math. After going back to school for three years, I earned my secondary teaching credential in mathematics. I applied to the Grossmont District in 1999 and was hired to teach math for the next year at Chapparal It was quite a change. People thought I was crazy but I actually enjoyed it. Helping students who have made mistakes to get back on track with life was rewarding. Later in the year I was offered a job to teach at Steele Canyon in 2001. It was a dream come true. I live out in the Rancho San Diego area and had watched the school being built. I would drive by it and think wouldn't it be great to work there. 

This year I began my 14th year at Steele and my 34th year in education. It has been quite a ride. So many changes in this field. So many trends have come and gone but one thing remains the same...kids are kids and they will always need caring adults to help guide them into an ever changing world. 

Currently I teach Integrated Math 2 and Consumer Math. I was part of the founders of the Charter. I am the treasurer of the teachers' association and I time both the boy's football and basketball games. My wife, Mary is a trauma-surgical intensive care nurse at UCSD Medical Center. My son, Brian graduated in 2009 from Steele followed by my daughter, Sarah in 2011. My youngest daughter, Jenna is a part of the class of 2016! We have 3 dogs, Bentley, Cooper, and Rambo.

In conclusion, as I start to wind down my career, I can truly say that God has blessed me in so many ways. One of those is being part of this amazing place we call Steele Canyon High School. This school is truly a place made up of dedicated and caring individuals who put students first.