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Ritchie selected as Maple Avenue principal

The Hamilton School Board approved the hiring of Katie Ritchie as Maple Avenue Elementary School principal at its June 29 meeting. Ritchie replaces Kristin Koeper-Hamblin, who announced her retirement after 19 years as Maple Avenue principal. She will begin her new position July 1.

Ritchie is a familiar face in the Hamilton School District. She joined the district in 2007 as a third-grade teacher at Marcy Elementary School, where in 2016, she was named part-time associate principal. As the first associate principal at Silver Spring Intermediate School, she was pivotal in the opening of the new school in the 2019-20 school year.

Ritchie earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 2006 and taught second grade for one year in Monterey, Calif., before returning to Wisconsin. She earned a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2012 from Cardinal Stritch University.

“Ms. Ritchie is an experienced teacher and administrator known for her compassion for children and a commitment to their success,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. “She will foster an environment where students, families, staff and community feel welcome.”

“Maple Avenue Elementary School will be well-served under her leadership,” he said.