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MT PLEASANT — It’s that time of year again, teachers and families are preparing for a new school year. Take some time to get to know the newest teachers to the area.
Ridinger will be a long-term substitute teacher for Mt. Pleasant High School’s first semester Physical Education class, but has been substitute teaching for the last four years.
Ridinger is married to the new IT Director for the Mt. Pleasant Community School District this year.
In addition to substitute teaching, Ridinger also does contract work as a social media and digital editing contractor.
She has a passion for animals and enjoys spending time working for local animal rescue groups.
Both Ridinger and her husband were born and raised in Mt. Pleasant and graduated from the high school. They settled back here after college and haven’t left.
Together the Ridingers have four cats and have a dedicated room in their home for fostering kittens.
A Few Questions
What would students be surprised to learn about you?
I’ve been bungee jumping and sky diving.
What makes a “good day” at school?
Those magical days when everyone shows up in a good mood.
How do you show your school spirit?
By attending students’ sporting events and musical performances. We have such talented kids!
What is the best/worst thing about being a substitute?
The best thing is getting to experience all sorts of classrooms and gaining a better understanding and respect for our local educators!
I love the flexibility that subbing provides, allowing me to also do contract work as a social media and digital editing contractor.
The worst thing is getting attached to certain classes, then not seeing them again for a while.
If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
High school is such a small moment in time. However, it’s the perfect time to start being a good human being. Positive traits and actions will get you far when it’s time to graduate.
Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?
“We can do hard things.” -Glennon Doyle
Are there any embarrassing teaching moments you’re willing to share?
Subbing in English one day, my blood sugar dropped and I had to teach from the floor while eating a granola bar. I was embarrassed, but the students were incredibly helpful and compassionate.
What is your dream vacation?
A yearlong trip around the world, visiting as many countries as possible.
I've traveled to 17 different countries so far, international travel is one of my biggest passions.