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Connie Ripley

Assistant | Redwood Room

“Our work is not to teach, but to help the absorbent mind in its work of development.” -Maria Montessori

Connie Ripley joined the CVMS staff in 2021 as an Associate in the Redwood Room.  She taught second and third grade students in the Cedar Rapids Community School District and in Mason City. She also served as an induction coach and literacy consultant with the Grant Wood Area Education Agency.

Connie received a Master’s degree in elementary reading and literacy from Walden University and a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa. She shared that “after 34 years in public education, CVMS seems like the perfect place for me to be! I share the philosophy of giving our littles the time they need to discover and explore at their own pace.”

In addition to children and learning, Connie has a passion for traveling and loves exploring new cities and cultures. You may also find her out cycling or at a theatre enjoying the latest movie.