The staff of Ridgecrest Elementary consists of 40 classroom teachers who bring a variety of educational backgrounds and teaching experiences with them. Approximately 16% of the teachers have 11 or more years of experience, 20% have 6 to 10 years of experience experience, and 65% have 5 or less years of experience.
The ethnicity of the staff mirrors the ethnicity of the school in that it has representation from the Asian, Black, Hispanic, and White populations. The Ridgecrest support staff consists of two assistant principals, two counselors, one nurse, one art teacher, four health fitness teachers, two music teachers, three Reading Recovery teachers, one technology trainer, a speech therapist, and a librarian.
There are twelve teacher assistants, four members of the office staff, four custodians, nine cafeteria workers, a contract technology specialist, and a crossing guard.
- that an effective school is one that is continually striving to improve themselves professionally, be risk takers, works collaboratively and focuses on what is best for the student.
- that a successful student is able to achieve expectations on all standardized tests while utilizing skills of a life-long learner.
- that schools should teach students how to become successful, productive leaders and members of society.
- that a good teacher ensures maximum student learning by maintaining high expectations for achievement, facilitating active learning experience and using effective, appropriate modeling in an environment of well defined limits and consequences.
- that maximum learning occurs when multisensory and brain compatible teaching are demonstrated in each classroom where students are actively engaged in learning and higher level thinking.
- that community and parental involvement is encouraged as it is an essential and integral part of student achievement.
- that an effective classroom is one in which all students are valued as learners and self-esteem is enhanced in an organized and focused environment.
- that a quality instructional program includes continually updated resources, and technology with meaningful, relevant teacher inservice. It has developmentally appropriate instruction using innovative, effective teaching that recognizes the students individual needs. It is implemented by motivated, qualified faculty members working collaboratively with parents.