Maura Ridder

Maura Ridder

Hello!  My name is Maura Ridder, and this is my ninth year at STEM School Highlands Ranch. I am thrilled to be returning to such an amazing community of students, staff, and parents! This year, I will be splitting my time between teaching 6th grade Language Arts and Instructional Coaching a team of teachers. I am also heading into my fifth year serving as the Language Arts Department Chair. I earned my BA from University of Colorado, Boulder; my Masters in Education from Regis University, Denver; and my J.D. from UOP, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.  Additionally, I recently earned my Principal’s License. 

I was born and raised in Connecticut, and I was ecstatic to attend college in Colorado and ski for CU Boulder!  I studied English and Theatre in London during college, and, after graduation, I accepted a job in London as a Lead Practitioner for a children’s camp facility.  In that job, I managed 25 counselors and 250 children. From there, I moved to San Francisco and met my husband.  During that time, I attended law school and moved back to London to work as a Barrister at Gray’s Inn.  For the next several years, I worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the San Francisco and Santa Clara District Attorneys’ Offices, worked at several civil law firms, and developed my own Family Law firm. Eventually, we moved to Castle Pines Village to raise our three daughters. While caring for our daughters, I created, produced, and hosted a daily radio show and podcast called “Mom’s the Word,” which aired on Denver’s KLZ 560 for four years.

I have a passion for musical theatre, and I have been singing, dancing, and acting most of my life. In addition to performing, I love to direct, choreograph, and instruct musical theatre. I have worked with children through various theatres and schools in California and Colorado, and this experience, coupled with my parenting experience, has prepared me to be the empathetic, patient teacher I am today. I absolutely love children and I am proud of the fact that my current students and past students feel comfortable coming to me for help and advice. All students know that my door is always open. 

In my free time, I love to travel, especially to California to visit my two older daughters in college.  I also love to ski, run, read, and play tennis (and pickleball!) I am looking forward to another amazing year (although a crazy one) with my students, staff, and the community here at Stem!