Remembering Ms. Ritzer

Teachers pay tribute to Colleen Ritzer

Colleen Ritzer Funeral Services

Hundreds of teachers lined the steps of St. Augustine Church in Andover for the Oct. 28 funeral of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. Ritzer was remembered by students and teachers as a passionate and devoted educator.

Scholarship fund established by Ritzer Family

The Ritzer family has set up a scholarship fund “to continue Colleen’s legacy of making a difference in a student’s life.”

Tributes to Danvers teacher

Colleen Ritzer

“Our hearts go out to Colleen’s family, to her students, and to her school community.”

- MTA President Paul Toner

Thousands turn out for 5K to honor Ritzer

Colleen Ritzer among those honored on Workers Memorial Day

Statement from MTA President Paul Toner

Letter of Solidarity from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
"Colleen Ritzer was a dedicated educator; a warm and positive role model who was passionate about helping her students."

NEA statement on deaths of schoolteachers in Sparks, NV and Danvers, MA

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Meet up with other MTA educators on social media, where MTA educators are sharing insights and messages of support.

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Teacher, Mentor and Awesome at Math
A collection of social media posts on

Colleen Ritzer was a paragon of caring
Boston Globe profile of a vibrant, passionate young teacher.

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