I am thrilled and honored to begin my tenure as your interim superintendent of the Rockwood School District. I am a proud district resident and grandparent, and my three children are all graduates of Eureka High School. I have over 45 years of experience in education, and I am a teacher at heart. I have the utmost respect for staff and students, their success and the hard work it takes to achieve that success.
I also fully understand and appreciate how difficult and challenging the past year has been for everyone. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, parents, staff and the community are immeasurable. We have healing to do both individually and collectively as a district, and I want to help facilitate that as we transition into the new school year, paving the way for your next district leader.
Now is the time to come together, refocus on our collective goals and implement strategies to move forward purposefully with open and honest conversations about what public education should be for our students now and into the future. I want to assure you that my focus and interest is to keep Rockwood moving forward together for the betterment of each student it serves.
We have many new things to look forward to: new staff members, more students returning to in-person learning, a search for a new superintendent, a new school year and endless new opportunities to work together on behalf of all students. But there are also things that will remain the same because they are embedded in the foundation of our success, including our focus on excellence and our commitment to do what it takes to ensure all students realize their full potential.
Thank you for embarking on this journey with me. I look forward to working closely with you as we move this great district forward providing outstanding educational opportunities for all students.
Tim Ricker, Ed.D.
Dr. Ricker was born and raised near Gary, Indiana, and lived in the Chicago area until he went to undergraduate school at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Dr. Ricker’s educational career began in the Smithville School District near Kansas City as a first- and fourth-grade teacher and coach. He moved to the Sweet Springs R-V School District in the central part of the state as an elementary and middle school principal, coach and athletic director. From there, Dr. Ricker moved to Sedalia School District 200 as an elementary principal in two buildings and led staff development for the district. He and his family then moved to the Mehlville School District in the St. Louis region as an elementary principal of one of the largest elementary schools in the region. The Francis Howell School District then tapped Dr. Ricker as an associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction and later named him an area superintendent and finally the deputy superintendent. His career took him back to the Mehlville School District as an area superintendent, which ultimately led to being superintendent. Dr. Ricker retired in Missouri in 2006.
After leaving Missouri, Dr. Ricker moved to a Chicago suburb in Cook County, Illinois, as superintendent of the Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District. In 2012, he retired once again and moved back to St. Louis, where he began his work as an area supervisor for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Throughout his career with the agency, he has served in many capacities both in St. Louis and around the state. Dr. Ricker’s experiences in rural, outstate, suburban and urban school districts, along with higher education, is unique and an asset to those he serves.
Dr. Ricker has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Truman State, a Master of Arts in Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an Education Specialist degree from the University of Central Missouri and an Educational Doctorate in Instructional Process from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He has been an adjunct professor for Lindenwood University since 1994 and taught at Governors State University while in Illinois. Dr. Ricker is a member of many professional organizations, community organizations and societies.
Dr. Ricker has been married for 44 years, has three married adult children (two in education) and 10 grandchildren in Missouri and Minnesota. He loves sports, travel, gardening, family activities and the challenges life has to bring for the future.