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Meet Jean Rigden

  • M.A.E. in Educational Leadership, Marian College
  • B.S.E. in Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin- Whitewater

I am an educator. I taught middle school for 9 years in three different school districts. I was a k-12 principal for 8 years. I began working at Ripon College in the Spring of 2010. I am licensed in Wisconsin as a Principal, Curriculum Director, Pupil Services Director, and 1-8 Grade Elementary Teacher and Math Teacher Grades 1-9. I teach courses in math education and the student teaching seminar. I have a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from UW-Whitewater and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Marian University. I grew up in Fond du Lac and have only lived in Wisconsin.


Icon for: What is something you've experienced that makes Ripon College special? I get to really know my students over the course of their time at Ripon College!

What is something you’ve experienced that makes Ripon College special? I get to really know my students over the course of their time at Ripon College!

Icon for: What teaching and learning techniques work best for you? Having passion and excitement for whatever I am teaching.

What teaching and learning techniques work best for you? Having passion and excitement for whatever I am teaching.

Icon for: What are three words that best describe your teaching style? Interactive, applied, and reflective

What are three words that best describe your teaching style? Interactive, applied, and reflective



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Ripon College educator expands her influence by training teachers of the future

Director of Teacher Education Jean Rigden focuses her energy on building future teachers that, in turn, expand the horizons of future generations of students. Her […]