By Amy Maginnis-Honey
It’s K all the way for Michelle Rippee, the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s Teacher of the Year.
She spent her first 15 years teaching kindergarten at Fairview Elementary. She contemplated a change and took a job at Cleo Gordon planning on teaching second grade. Then it became a second- and third-grade combo class and eventually a fourth- and fifth-grade combo.
“I went from kindergarten to fifth grade awful fast,” she said, sitting in her classroom Monday.
A kindergarten teaching position opened at Tolenas Elementary and Rippee was back working with the children she loves for their honesty and willingness to learn.