Teachers of the Year

Teacher of the Year 2018 

Teacher of the Year

Mr. Michael Ritacco is a 5th grade teacher at East Dover Elementary School. He began his career 21 years ago as a third grade teacher before moving to sixth grade. When the district decided to place the sixth grade into the middle school setting 15 years ago, Mr. Ritacco chose to switch grades once again to fifth. This was not a difficult decision because he wanted to remain part of the East Dover family.

Mr. Ritacco graduated with a degree in History from William Paterson University. He continued his education obtaining his teaching certification from Stockton University. After ten years of teaching, Mr. Ritacco went back to school and obtained his degree in Administration and Supervision. Mr. Ritacco always enjoyed teaching his students Science and wanted a stronger background in the subject area. He went back to school once again and received his Science Certification from Steven’s Institute of Technology.

When Mr. Ritacco is not at school he enjoys spending time at home with his wife Jodi, who is also and elementary school teacher, and his two children, Jacob and Eva. He loves working outdoors in the summer, movie night with the family, and biking with the kids on the boardwalk. 

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Educational Services Professional of the Year 2018

Para professional of the year

Dana Weber is a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant at East Dover Elementary School on the Child Study Team. She was a student here at EDE and a graduate of High School North. She graduated from Georgian Court University with her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, and LDTC certification. She pursued a Master’s of Science degree from Nova Southeastern.

Mrs. Weber began her career as a Special Education Teacher and Mainstream Consultant at Martin County School District in Florida. After relocating back to her home state, she worked as an LDTC at Beachwood Elementary, Pine Beach Elementary, the Early Learning Center, where she implemented various reading programs, and inclusion opportunities. Presently, she is employed at East Dover Elementary. Her vision is for each student to focus on their strengths to help them succeed through their challenges, each and every day.

Mrs. Weber lives in Island Heights with her husband, Rolf, three children, Arianna (14), Anthony (13) and Ava (2) and two dogs, Arnold and Max. She enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends. 

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