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Superintendent Timothy Ritter Named Educator of the Year

Ritter was among nine honored on Tuesday.

Temecula Valley Unified School District Superintendent Timothy Ritter was among nine educators who were honored Tuesday at the annual Celebrating Educators Luncheon in Palm Springs.

Ritter, who has served as the district's superintendent since 2010, has worked in the education field for 29 years, starting as a high school biology teacher and football/softball coach at Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga high schools. He also served as the principal of Chaparral and Great Oak High School in Temecula and assistant superintendent of education support services.

"I and every Great Oak graduate owe a great deal to Mr. Ritter," he said. "He created an environment that fostered our growth through synergy that will prepare us for any of the tumultuous twists and turns that life throws in our path."

Other honorees who were named the 2013 Riverside County Educators of the Year:

  • Michael Fine, deputy superintendent of business and governmental relations at Riverside Unified School Distict
  • Mary Walters, principal at Murrieta Mesa High School
  • Neician (Nikki) Thaxton, administrative assistant at San Jacinto Unified School District
  • Julie Roe Smith, instructional assistant at Orange Grove High School
  • Donnette Tanner Wheat, speech and language pathologist at McKinley Elementary School
  • Tim Bedley, a fourth and fifth grade G.A.T.E. teacher at Wildomar Elementary School
  • Tommy Stokes, a ninth and 12th grade AVID teacher at Moreno Valley High School
  • Amyleen Tuiza, special education teacher at Riverside County Office of Education
Patricia Farneth May 09, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I don't understand why Mr. Ritter would be celebrated. It is alleged that he has been involved in using a special education student in a marijuana sting to catch another student. This was done without the permission of the Special Ed student's parents. The award should go to an educator who does everything to advance the education and safety of each student.
Edwin Steel May 09, 2013 at 05:04 PM
This is the same bozo that allows a special needs student to be caught up in a drug sting and another special needs student to be used against his parent's wishes to bait a school drug sale? This is 'educator' of the year? Sounds as though his education is sorely lacking!
max May 09, 2013 at 05:53 PM
I think this guy should get an extra special award for Morally Questionable Educator Of the Year. Or maybe a unique plaque describing Ritter's lack of ethics. What I'd like to know is what kind of kickbacks is he getting for this weird abuse of his students? There has to be some kind of benefit for him because as far as a PR item the news of Mr. Ritter arm-twisting special needs students against their parents' wishes and hassling them with trumped-up drug charges is decidedly a negative, so somewhere there has to be a positive. I wonder how much money it is?
Cori Carey May 10, 2013 at 07:28 PM
How do you become educator of the year without teaching a single class of students??

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