Specialists

Ms. Brown - Social Worker

Phone: (913)780-7630

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Jena Brown

August 2019 was the start of my career here in Ridgeview. I received in 2009 my Bachelors of Social Work degree from KU. In 2010, I earned my Masters of Social Work from UMKC.

I wanted to have a positive impact on the community by helping children. This is why I went into education.

Mr. Caspermeyer - SPED Instructional Coach

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Andy Caspermeyer

Ms. Clifford - Behavior Coach

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Katherine Clifford

Mrs. Ernst - Art Teacher

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Megan Ernst

I began working here in 2007. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Theater with an emphasis in Dance from Kansas State University. I hold a degree from Ottawa University in Elementary Education (K-6). I received my ELL Endorsement from Mid America Nazarene University.

I love being around and working with kids. I am constantly learning from THEM and I can't imagine doing anything besides teaching. The students bring a smile to my face every single day.

Ms. Green - Title I Reading Teacher

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Dana Green

I have 2 bachelor degrees from the University of Northern Iowa (Business Administration and Education). A master's degree from The University of Kansas and an additional endorsement from Kansas State University.

After working in the business arean for a number of years and in a number of different positions I realized it was not what I wanted to do  with the rest of my life. I decided to follow my heart and pursue my passion: working with children. I absolutey love what I do and I am grateful every day to be around so many incredible children.

Mr. Haynes - Physical Education Teacher

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Michael Kester Haynes

I started working at Ridgeview during the 2017-18 school year. I hold my Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Pittsburg State University. I earned my Master's degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Emporia State University.

I initially began studying education because it sounded like an appealing profession to go into. I stayed in for a completely different reason. I started noticing the phenomenal impact that an educator can have on a young person's life. I found that to be extremely special. I am an educator today because I have a passion for making that positive difference and live every day with the notion that I can help our students make a bright future for themselves. I am proud to be a teacher!

Ms. Knowles - English Language Learner Teacher

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Liz Knowles

I started working at Ridgeview in the fall of the 2021-22 school year.

I attended Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville, TN and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education K-12. In 2018, I received my master’s in teaching ELL K-12.

 I am passionate about helping students that learn in other ways. Learning should be accessible and enjoyable to all students, and I enjoy the challenge of creatively meeting different learning needs and interests on a daily basis through relationships with students.

Mrs. Koker - School Nurse

Phone: 913-760-7630

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Julie Koker

I started in 2009 here at Ridgeview. I attended Mid America Nazarene University (MNU) where I studied nursing. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN).

I went into nursing to make a difference in people's lives mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Ms. Larson - Instructional Coach

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Sandy Larson

Ms. LeMaster - Speech-Language Pathologist

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Lindy LeMaster

I started working at Ridgeview at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. I completed my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and my Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Arkansas.

I chose to pursue a career in special education because I am passionate about championing self-confidence, advocating for communicative needs, and establishing positive relationships with students.

Mrs. McGee - English Language Learner Teacher

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Valerie McGee

In 2008 I joined the Ridgeview family. I received my Bachelor of Science in elementary Education with an area of concentration in ESL from Kansas State University. From Manhattan Christian College I received a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies. I hold a Masters of Science Degree in Curriculum and Development from Emporia State University.

My parents are both teachers, so from an early age I watched the way they served their community through education. I wanted to give back to my community in the same way. Also, I have worked with students in some capacity for most of my life and love watching them learn new things.

Ms. Meadows - Resource Teacher

Phone: (913)780-7630

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Kelsey Meadows

August 2019 is when I started my career here at Ridgeview.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Wichita State University. I hold a Masters of Science Degree in High Incidence Special Education from the University of Kansas.

My adopted siblings inspired me to become a special education teacher. I love my job!

Mrs. Mercer - School Librarian

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Dawn Mercer

My first year here at Ridgeview was in 2007. I have a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas. I have my Masters of Science in Educational Technology from Pittsburg State University. I received my ESOL Endorsement from Mid American Nazarene University.

I went into Education because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children.

Mrs. Nafziger - Resource Teacher

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Nicole Nafziger

I started working at Ridgeview in the 2018-2019 school year. I earned my Bachelors in Elementary Education at Ottawa University. I received my Master's in Special Education from Arkansas State.

My inspiration to teach came from working as a Para Educator for five years where I fell in love with making a difference in the lives of children! I have the best job ever!

Mrs. Newman - Speech Pathologist

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Andrea Newman

I started working here the 2015-16 school year. I attended Truman State University for my undergraduate degree, and I studied Communication Disorders.  attended Missouri State University for my graduate degree, and I studied Speech/Language Pathology. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders and a Master of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology.

I chose to pursue a career in special education because I enjoy helping children reach their full potential. I get a chance to know students on a more individualized level and find ways to help them with their specific needs.

Ms. Oberzan - English Language Learner Teacher

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Patricia Oberzan

I started teaching at Ridgeview in 2006. I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from UMKC. I received my ESL Endorsement from KU. I attended Avila University to receive my Masters of Education-ESOL Degree.

I love learning new things and have always  enjoyed working with children.  

Mrs. Palu - General Music Teacher

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Dana Palu

I started working here in 2008. I received my Bachelors of Music Education and my Masters in Education Degrees from Baker University.

I went into education because I believe that music has the power to change someone’s life and I wanted to be a part of that change! I teach kids because I get the opportunity to inspire their musical genius at a young age and hopefully, be a part of developing a love for music that will last them a lifetime!

Mrs. Plant - Computer Learning Associate

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Debra Plant

I started working at Ridgeview in fall of 2007. I have a Bachelor's of Science Degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Child and Family Studies. 

Working with children has always been a passion of mine. I love to see the look on their face when the learning has sunk in and they get it. 

Mrs. Plum - Title I Reading Teacher

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Janice Plum

I returned to Ridgeview this August, after being assigned here as a part-time Title Reading Teacher way back in 2005. I am so happy to be back at Ridgeview after being gone for more than 16 years! I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood, along with my Masters in Reading from Northwest Missouri State University! Go Bearcats! I received additional training through Ohio State University as a certified Reading Recovery Teacher and have my Reading Specialist Endorsement K-12.

I love children and love teaching others! What a great combination to be able to help children love to learn and love to read! Being able to support children in reading and inspire them to become life-long readers is my desire for all my students I serve.

Mrs. Riley - Counselor

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Vanessa Riley

From the University of Iowa I receved my B.S. degree in Psychology. I have my M.A. in School Counseling. I earned a Play Terapy Certificate from MNU.

I wanted to be a school counselor to make a difference and help students and their families.

Mrs. Rogers - Occupational Therapist

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Heather Rogers

I started working at Ridgeview the fall of 2018. I hold a BS from Missouri State and MS degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine. 

I love working with children and it brings me so much joy when I feel that I have had a positive impact on their lives.

Mrs. Rogers - School Psychologist

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Degrees and Certifications:

Karen Rogers

I started working here at Ridgeview in 2015. I attended Fort Hays State University to receive my Bachelor in Social Work degree (BSW). My Educational Specialist in School Psychology (Ed.S.) was earned at the University of Kansas.

I went into education because I wanted to work with/on the behalf of children and make a difference in their lives. 

Ms. Larson - Orchestra Teacher

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Sarah Larson

Ms. Shipley - Orchestra Teacher

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Sarah Shipley

I joined the Ridgeview staff in 2011. I received my Bachelors in Music Education from Baker University. I also received my Masters of Music form Kansas State University.

I went into education, because I want to share my love of music with my students.

Mrs. Shunk - Title I Math Teacher

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Degrees and Certifications:

Carolyn Shunk

I started working here during the 2006-2007 school year. I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Southwest Texas State University. My Master's of Education -ESOL degree is from Mid America Nazarene University. 

I have always wanted to be a teacher. I love working with children and watching them learn and grow.