Specialists

Mrs. Nafziger -Resource Teacher

 Nicole Nafziger

Phone: 913-780-7630

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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!

Ms. Dodd - Orchestra Teacher

 Ciciley Dodd

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Ciciley Dodd

I joined the Ridgeview staff in 2016-2017 school year. I hold a Bachelors of Music Education Degree from Emporia State University.

I went into education so I could share my love of music and show students how amazing music is.

Mr. Elo - Art Teacher

 Paul Elo

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Paul Elo

I joined the Ridgeview family in the 2013-14 school year. I hold both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from UMKC. I am a Kangarooter!

I went into education because it was my calling; teaching Elementary Art is/and has always been my passion!

Mrs. Ernst - English Language Learner Teacher

 Megan Ernst

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.

Mr. Haynes - Physical Education Teacher

 Michael Haynes

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Michael 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!

Mrs. Koker - School Nurse

 Julie Koker

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.

Mrs. McGee - English Language Learner Teacher

 Valerie McGee

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.

Mrs. Mercer - School Librarian

 Dawn Mercer

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.

 Dana Green

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.

Mrs. Newman - Speech Pathologist

 Andrea Newman

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

 Patricia Oberzan

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

 Dana Palu

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 LOVE children and I love teaching people new things. The fact that I get to do both makes my job amazing. The fact that I get to teach children about my favorite thing, music, makes my job the best job out there!!

Mrs. Plant - Computer Learning Associate

 Debra Plant

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. Richardson - Title I Reading Teacher

 Margaret Richardson

Phone: 913-780-7630

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Margaret Richardson

I started teaching at Ridgeview in 2012. I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from KU, where I also received my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I have also earned ESOL and Reading Specialist endorsements.

Reading has always been a passion of mine. I went into education to inspire students to fall in love with books. I love being able to help students learn to enjoy reading!

Mrs. Riley - Counselor

 Vanessa Riley

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

 Heather Rogers

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

 Karen Rogers

Phone: 913-780-7630

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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. Shipley - Orchestra Teacher

 Sarah Shipley

Phone: 913-780-7630

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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

 Carolyn Shunk

Phone: 913-780-7630

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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.