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From: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 11:49 AM -0500
Subject:Alumni Profile – Krista Ritchie
We are pleased to celebrate some of the many examples of staff excellence in Bluewater District School Board with our new alumni profile feature! This week, we highlight some of our former graduates whose career pathways have led them back to Bluewater to serve another generation of local students and families.

Image of Krista RitchieName:  Krista Ritchie

Current position:  Educational Assistant, Ripley-Huron Community School

What Bluewater school(s) did you attend as a student?  Walkerton Public School, Walkerton District Secondary School

What year did you graduate from Bluewater?  1986

Please provide a brief summary of the career pathways (e.g. post-secondary studies and subsequent employment) you pursued after graduating from Bluewater.
  • 6 years in privately owned commercial day care setting (Hug-A-Day Care)
  • 7 years in municipally owned setting (Walkerton)
  • 6 years running my home based day care(Lilliput Learning Center)
  • 6 years raising our children and volunteering, which included Kincardine nursery schools and Elgin Market Public School
From here, I moved into EA and ECE supply where I secured ‘permanent’ this year.

What has been your greatest career achievement thus far?

I have always wanted to be involved in my children’s education, and my career path has allowed that to become a reality.  I currently participate in Huron Heights' breakfast program on a regular basis and Kincardine District Secondary School endeavours as needed.  With respect to students I support, I consider the student successes to also be my achievements, even though they come in small increments.  I am focusing on some ongoing projects involving equipment replacement, and outdoor classroom implementation.

How has your education in Bluewater prepared you for your career pathway?

Although I graduated in 1986, I feel connections with staff and the genuine interest they had in the students have contributed to the kind of employee I am. I still see several of the staff from WDSS and have social media connections with them.  My goal is for students I am in contact with daily to feel the same kind of genuine interest in their success that I did.  

Other comments:

I am grateful for the strong community among the ESP group that I work with, and the network of all those I have met during my time in the five schools I have worked over the past seven years!