On January 10, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the January Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Linda Wear, teacher at South Ridge Elementary School. Linda is a consummate professional who has taught many generations of Ridgefield students. Extremely talented in the way that she engages students, she also has an outstanding relationship with her colleagues and is well-respected by all. Ridgefield School District is pleased to honor Linda Wear for her valuable contributions in maintaining the high quality of learning in Ridgefield schools.

Linda Wear

Students of the Month

Brandon Odell-Nguyen, a fourth-grader, was chosen at South Ridge Elementary School. An outstanding student both academically and socially, Brandon is always willing to help his fellow classmates. He always helps out with anything needed in the classroom and does so with a smile and great sense of humor. He also represents his class for ASB.

Brandon Odell-Nguyen

Kennadi Jones, a fifth-grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary. Kennadi is a leader within her classroom and the school community. Not only does she take an active role in her learning but is always striving to grow as a learner. In addition, she advocates for others and readily assists when others need help. In the classroom, she takes the initiative to ensure that all of her classmates are engaged and feel included. This year, Kennadi wowed the Ridgefield community when she sang the national anthem at Union Ridge’s Veterans Day Assembly. Union Ridge is proud to honor this talented young lady as their Student of the Month.

Kennadi Jones

Eireann Van Natta, an eighth-grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School because of her determination to do her very best on any task she is given. A natural leader, Eireann gets along well with her classmates. She also displays a passion for history and stands strong in her informed views.

Eireann Van Natta

Ryan Hinson, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School. Ryan is described as always friendly, respectful and responsible. In addition, he is a dedicated and hard-working student. He takes advanced placement classes, maintains a 3.8 GPA, and is currently in the second-year program at the Clark County Skills Center, taking Criminal Justice and aspiring to go into law enforcement. Last April, he made the Junior Olympic team and participated in small bore rifle and air rifle competitions in Colorado Springs. One of Ryan’s teachers describes him best: “Ryan is a courteous, hard-working, responsible and quiet leader, who sets an example by his actions and class contributions. His grades, involvement, and attitude demonstrate a well-rounded individual worthy of earning RHS Student of the Month.”

Ryan Hinson

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, the historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd. This is the third year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district’s recognition program.