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Melanie Ritter Named Program Director at Triad Alternative School

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SARASOTA COUNTY, July 31, 2018 – Melanie Ritter has been named the new program director at Triad Alternative School effective July 30. A seasoned educator and administrator in Sarasota County for 20 years, Mrs. Ritter joins the Triad Alternative program from Venice High School where she served as assistant principal since 2015.

“I am thrilled that Mrs. Ritter will be leading our students and educators at Triad,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Mrs. Ritter brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience. She has years of in-the-field best practices with a variety of student populations in both alternative and public school settings. Her passion for student-focused methods has made her a particularly impactful educator for middle and high schools students.”

“We are very pleased to have Melanie step into her position at Triad Alternative School,” said Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, executive director of Pupil Support Services of Sarasota County Schools. “She understands the importance of stability when it comes to leading the instruction of students accessing an alternative education path. Mrs. Ritter has a mastery of leveraging results-focused data, and follows a disciplined structure that works to address a range of student achievement, emotional and behavioral needs.”

“I am very excited to take on my new role,” commented Melanie Ritter. “From my early days as a behavioral specialist, I have seen the value of structure and consistency and how they help shape a student’s educational perspective. I’m looking forward to bringing a collaborative, proactive approach that will heighten student engagement at Triad.”

Before her role at Venice High School, Mrs. Ritter was an assistant principal at Riverview High School from 2005 – 2015 where she focused on STEM courses for students, implemented and coordinated the International Baccalaureate Career Program, and executed the development of IEP’s and Behavior Plans to drive instruction. Before this administrative role, Mrs. Ritter was an assistant principal at Heron Creek Middle School from 2003 – 2005 and had a special assignment as an assistant principal at Phoenix Academy where she designed new discipline policies and procedures and interviewed for staff positions based on unique student needs. Mrs. Ritter has her Education Specialist Degree from National Louis University and a master’s degree in Vocational Education from Kent State University. Mrs. Ritter’s bachelor’s degree is in Education from John Carroll University.

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