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Rita Gritmacker

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Contact Info:


Work Phone:

620 532-3186

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About Me

Educational History:

Graduated from Wheeling High School, Wheeling, IL in 1973.

Graduated from Bethel College, North Newton, KS in 2000.

Take continuing education courses at various universities.

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Art in Education, certified Kindergrade through 9th grade.

Certified Reading Recovery Teacher

Trained in MTSS

Trained in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Professional Development:



Animated Literacy

Kagan Positive Behavior Management

Current Position:

2000-2009  Northridge Elementary School in Newton Kansas

  • Reading Recovery Teacher for 1st grade students
  • Title 1 Reading and Writing Teacher for Kindergarten through 5th grade students

2009-2010 Whitman 4th-5th Grade Center in Dallas Oregon

  • 1/2 time Teacher and 1/2 time Para for students on Autism Spectrum Disorder

2010-2014 Kingman Elementary School in Kingman Kansas

  • Title I Reading and Math teacher for Kindergarten through 5th grade students

2014-Present  KES/KMS

  • 5th Grade Classroom Teacher

Previous Position:

Started teaching in 2000 as a Certified Reading Recovery teacher in Newton KS.  Worked at Northridge Elementary School from 2000-2009 when I relocated to Oregon to be near family.

Taught at Whitworth 4th/5th Grade Elementary School in Dallas Oregon with students on the Autism Spectrum Disorder and Behaviour Disorders.

Came back to the Wichita area in the summer of 2010 and began Title 1 Reading and Math, Kindergarten through 5th Grades.

Family Information:

My name is Ms. Gritmacker.  I have 2 daughters.  They are both  married.  Dayna and Matt have 5 boys and 1 girl.  Amy and Ric have 4 girls and 1 boy.  They all live in Newton. We get together a lot and it can be quite noisey!

I rescued a Great Perinese dog last fall.  Her name is Bailey and she is all white.  She likes to camp with us and loves the water only up to her belly!  I keep trying to keep teaching her to fetch but she just sits down and looks at me like I'm nuts.  She has me trained to go and retrieve the ball!  I also have a 2 aquariums.  There are a total of 10 fish.  I keep forgetting their names, except for Homer.  He's the boss of his aquarium.  I have always had a difficult time remembering names but I do remember to feed them!  My grandkids found me a  box turtle who lives in the window well in the basement.  The turtle's name was Murphy, until she laid eggs last summer.  Now, she goes by Mrs. Murphy.  I think she likes that she lives right near the garden because she's always eating the crickets and grasshoppers.

I love to garden and go camping and hiking.  This year, we went to Colorado and hiked every day.  It was so much fun in the mountains.  And, it was a lot cooler than Kansas!


Personal Information:

I love to read, especially outside.  Camping, fishing, gardening, canning and playing with my grandkids takes up most of my summer.  I like to hike, go to my grandkids ball games, and even sew when I have the time.

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Classroom Number:
School Phone:
620 532-3186