Faculty & Staff
Mrs. Kimberly Ritterhouse
Kimberly Ritterhouse is the school administrator at Red River Valley Charter School. She brings to administration 25 years in the classroom. Before becoming the school administrator, Mrs. Ritterhouse taught grades first through eighth in various single grade and multi-age combinations. Of those 25 years in the classroom, 14 of them were dedicated to the students at Red River Valley Charter School. In her relatively new role as administrator, Mrs. Ritterhouse enjoys getting to know the students and families across grade levels and helping her teachers and staff in all ways possible.
Mrs. Tonya Lewis
Office Manager & Secretary
Tonya Lewis is the Office Manager & Secretary at Red River Valley Charter School. She started as an EA in 2012 and changed positions in 2016. Mrs. Lewis began working with the school when the Little Red School House was still on the property. Mrs. Lewis met her husband, Vance Lewis, at Bobcat Pass Cowboy Evening and married 26 years ago. They have raised 3 kids who all attended RRVCS. She looks forward to the team/community support from everyone that has had a hand in the school and students. "It takes a village to raise these kids and we have that village here in Red River NM."
Mrs. Jackie McCollum
Jackie McCollum has been the PreK teacher at RRVCS since August 2017. Before returning to teaching in 2017, she worked in Early Childhood Intervention as a Developmental Specialist and Family Service Coordinator with newborns to three-year-olds for 9 years in New Mexico. After moving to Red River, and originally from a small town herself, Mrs. McCollum quickly discovered not only what an excellent school RRVCS is to work with, but also what a wonderful community Red River is to be a part of. There is no greater joy for Mrs. McCollum than providing a first school experience that is positive, empowers children to accept themselves as well as others and cultivates a love for learning.
Mrs. Donna Mullinnix
Donna Mullinix has been the Kindergarten teacher at RRVCS since 2017 and taught in Texas for 28 years prior. Mrs. Mullinix taught Special Education and Life Skills in Texas and moved to Red River to retire. But after hearing of an open position at RRVCS, she applied and took the Kindergarten teaching positing, allowing her to continue her passion while being closer to family. Mrs. Mullinix aspires to see her students find eagerness and joy for learning.
Mrs. Ann-Marie Arguello
1st & 2nd Grade Teacher
Ann-Marie Arguello is the 1st and 2nd grade teacher at RRVCS. As a teacher of 7 years, she has spent the past 2 years in RRVCS. Mrs. Arguello joined RRVCS with innovation and confidence to strive to make RRVCS a GREAT place to be by educating and instructing to meet the unique individual needs of each and every student. Mrs. Arguello has a Masters and demonstrates RRVCS vision and success of instruction through the Core Knowledge Curriculum and strives for the future success of RRVCS.
Mrs. Melissa Smith
3rd & 4th Grade Teacher
Melissa Smith teaches 3rd and 4th grade at RRVCS. She studied Interdisciplinary Studies at Adams State College and began her teaching career in 2008. She taught the upper elementary grades at an elementary school on Fort Carson Army Post near Colorado Springs, CO for several years while also earning her MA degree in Reading Instruction from Grand Canyon University. She moved back to Red River with her family and began teaching at the charter school in 2013. She is excited to be part of a wonderful community of learners at the Red River Valley Charter School. When she's not in the classroom, she enjoys being outdoors with her family hiking, backpacking, and skiing to name a few.
Mrs. Kinsey Webb
5th & 6th Grade Teacher
Kinsey Webb is the 5th and 6th grade teacher. She attended Texas Tech University, where she received a Bachelors in Human Sciences and a Masters in Education. She began her teaching career in Texas in 2011, and has taught a range of grade levels and subjects, as well as Special Education. She began teaching at RRVCS in 2018. Having grown up in Red River, Mrs. Webb was very excited to return and have the opportunity to teach at the school she attended. Mrs. Webb grew up with a love for learning and wanted to share that love with others. She enjoys seeing her students become excited and eager to learn each day while finding their own passions.
Mrs. Rebecca Pockrandt
7th & 8th Grade Teacher
Rebecca Pockrandt started teaching at the Red River Valley Charter School in 2010. After graduating college in 2006 she started teaching that fall in Mbale, Uganda. She moved to Red River in January of 2008, where she worked in property management until a position became available at RRVCS. In October of her second year teaching at the charter school she also became the Physical Education teacher. Mrs. Pockrandt loves building relationships with her students and is always watching for the ‘aha’ moments, especially in math. Spending time with each student on campus is one of the things she loves most about her unique position. Red River has been a beloved place since 2003 and she believes this community and school is exactly where God has called her.
Mrs. Lorie Hawkes
Lorie Hawkes has been working with the students and staff at RRVCS since 2014. She has enjoyed teaching first through fourth grade classes, and is now privileged to work with her first love: teaching children to read and/or improve their reading skills. In addition to Mrs. Hawkes work as the reading interventionist, she also enjoys exploring the scientific world with the 7th and 8th grade science class. She knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher and came from a long line of teachers including parents, grandparents, and many aunts and uncles. Mrs. Hawkes studied Elementary Education and Art at Dallas Baptist University, and has also earned a Reading Endorsement and certification in the Spalding Language Arts Program.
Ms. Sarah Parker
Special Education Director
Sarah Parker is the Special Education Director and Teacher. She's been teaching at RRVCS since January 2012. Her back ground is in Biligual, TESOL and early childhood education, she loves math and Social Studies. She started teaching at RRVCS to be near her daughter who attended the school from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Ms. Parker loves working on concepts with individuals and small groups, loving celebrating students' growth and exploration. She loves playing the ukelele, making art and running, and is constantly trying to pursuade students to find their passion.
Mrs. Shelly Boren
Shelly Boren joined RRVCS in 2019 as an educational assistant. Mrs. Boren has 12 years experience teaching middle school English Language Arts and Reading in Texas. Before teaching, she was a computer support specialist for American Airlines.
Mrs. Boren's sister inspired her to become a teacher and they taught together at the same school for nine years. Teaching along side her sister, as well as her twin sister within the same school discrict, Mrs. Boren says, "Its a family calling."
Mrs. Boren & her husband, Tim, moved to Red River in 2017 for Tim to work as a deputy marshal.