Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's of Science in Education from Georgia State University (special education & elementary ed.)Masters of Education in special education from University of West Georgia I hold full teacher certification in elementary education and special education in both Washington and Arizona
Mrs. Nancy E. Ritzmann
Hello and welcome to my web page.
My family and I moved to Arizona five years ago from Seattle, Washington. Over many years I have had the joy of teaching students across all age levels from elementary to high school throughout the United States, beginning in Georgia. However, it was my experience with high schoolers in the Seattle area that continues to inspire me.
I have always enjoyed seeing students grasp a concept and get excited about learning but it was working with high school students who due to poor choice making in ninth grade were not on track to graduate that I saw the difference it makes when we work together to assist students with self-advocacy skills. The pride and gratitude of the students after reaching their goals and walking down the aisle to receive their diploma is all the thanks I will ever need.
As a district coordinator in the Highline Public School District in Seattle, Washington I was blessed to work with special education teachers in the middle school, high school and transition programs to help students realize their dreams. This allowed me to see the importance of challenging students early to develop the necessary resilience to overcome whatever obstacles they might encounter along their educational journey to adulthood.
I believe every student can learn and deservers the opportunity to follow their dreams and obtain their goals. By building strong relationships with students and families the school can help solve issues that might otherwise become barriers to the student’s growth toward being a fully engaged citizen once completing high school. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to partner with you on this journey.