Graphic with picture of Brittany Ritter reading: Elementary School Teacher Achievement Award Winner, Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School, Jefferson County

Brittany Ritter has always known that she wanted to be a teacher. Her love for teaching was fostered from an early age by watching her father teach high school choir in Jefferson County.

As a kindergarten teacher at Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School (Jefferson County), Ritter teaches all subjects: reading, writing, math, science and social studies. She has taught in the district for 12 years.

“Growing up, I was a very introverted individual,” she said. “Teaching has taught me to be proud of who I am and that my voice is important.”

No matter where education leads her, Ritter is dedicated to ensuring that every student in her care feels important and heard.

“I want my students to know that they are so valuable and that they can and will do amazing things,” she said.

Ritter earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Georgetown College, as well as a master’s degree in reading and writing for elementary education from the University of the Cumberlands.

She said that she loves seeing her students explore the world around them.

“My favorite part of teaching is working with kids and seeing their passion,” Ritter said.

Ritter was named as a 2024 Teacher Achievement Award winner.

“I grew up so proud of my dad and his teaching awards,” she said, “Being named a Teacher Achievement Award winner was a beautiful, but shocking, honor.”

When she is not teaching, Ritter enjoys doing activities in Louisville and spending time with her two daughters.