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Meet the New Principal: Debbie Ritter of CCSD Preschool Centers!

Posted On: Friday, July 31, 2020


Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate CCSD Preschool Centers’ new leader: Principal Debbie Ritter!

CCSD Preschool Centers Principal Debbie Ritter is ready to welcome the School District’s littlest learners for their first day of school.

In her new role, Ms. Ritter will oversee CCSD’s three preschool programs – Bright from the Start PreK, Head Start, and Special Education preschool, and operations of its preschool centers: Ralph Bunche Center, Holly Springs Preschool Center, Johnston Preschool Center and Oak Grove Preschool Center.

“The thing about being the Principal over the CCSD Preschool Centers that I am really looking forward to the most is the ability to work with our littlest of learners,” she said.  “In our Preschool Centers, we work with children who are just beginning their educational career and their tenure in the Cherokee County School District.  My hope is that we provide a positive learning environment, where every student feels accepted, loved, and valued with a multitude of opportunities to learn, grow, and reach their full potential.”  

A 22-year educator, Principal Ritter taught in Bibb County for four years before starting her CCSD career in 2002 at Boston Elementary School.  There, she taught kindergarten and then Special Education classes and was named its 2013 Teacher of the Year.  She joined CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction in 2015, and is frequently called upon to serve as a presenter at education conferences.  Principal Ritter earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Florida State University, followed by a specialist degree in curriculum and instruction, and is a certified dyslexia educational practitioner and Wilson Foundations certified presenter.

“We’re committed to providing the best early education possible to our preschool and PreK students, and Principal Ritter brings both professional expertise and practiced experience – we know she will excel in this role,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Some of these young learners arrive at school with very great needs.  Our preschool and PreK teachers guide them in making incredible progress, and Principal Ritter has the right skill set and spirit to encourage and grow our teacher leaders.” 

She and her husband, Steve, have one son, who is in elementary school and loves baseball like his mom.

How can parents be more involved? “Parental involvement is a crucial ingredient in the success of children,” Principal Ritter said.  “It takes more than a village to raise a child – it takes parent involvement!  Parents can become involved by keeping the lines of communication open with their child’s teacher.  Every teacher’s goal is to create a partnership with parents, where they work together toward the common goal of assisting the student in performing at their best in school and creating a positive school experience.  Parents can be engaged and extend the experiences that their child has in the classroom to real-world activities at home.  Reading to your child every night will help improve literacy, create a love of reading and allow for one-on-one time with your child!

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