Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Principal Teresa Ritenour Named Director of Student Support Services

Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Principal Teresa Ritenour Named Director of Student Support Services
Posted on 07/19/2017
Teresa RitenourFor Immediate Release
July 19, 2017
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Frederick County Schools Superintendent David Sovine has named Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Principal Teresa Ritenour the school division’s new Director of Student Support Services. Ritenour will succeed Mitch Peeling who is retiring at the end of August and will become the Dean of Students at Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro. Peeling has been with Frederick County Public Schools for nearly 12 years. He served as the Assistant Director of Student Support Services from September 2005 until July 2009 when he assumed his current position.

Sovine says, “The focus of the Office of Student Support Services is providing assistance to students, families and schools that advances the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievement of students. Mr. Peeling and his team have done an outstanding job contributing to the success of students and we wish him well as he retires and takes a position in Waynesboro that will allow him to work closer to his home. We also are pleased to welcome Mrs. Ritenour to a new role that will enable her to utilize the skills she’s developed as a teacher and building-level administrator while continuing to serve students and their families.”

Ritenour has been the principal at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School for the past five years. After spending the majority of her career in Loudoun County as well as two years teaching in Frederick County, Maryland, Ritenour was named an assistant principal at Sherando High School in 2011. After serving one year in that role, she assumed her current position.

Ritenour says, “I have truly enjoyed having the opportunity to serve as the principal at Admiral Byrd Middle School over the past five years. Leaving my position there is bittersweet, but I’m excited about my new role and the opportunities that lie ahead working as part of the student support services team.”

The search for Ritenour’s successor will begin immediately and a new principal is expected to be named prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year on August 16. Sovine says, “Although we are just four weeks from the start of the new school year, we plan to conduct a thorough search for Mrs. Ritenour’s successor that will include soliciting feedback from the staff at Admiral Byrd Middle School and utilizing a few teachers from the school as part of the initial interview team. The process will be similar to that used to find the new principals for Bass-Hoover Elementary School, Frederick County Middle School and James Wood High School.”