RippeSusan M. Rippe

11th and 12th grade College Biology

Olathe Northwest High School

Olathe, Kansas


Total years as a classroom teacher: 32






M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction      Wichita State University         1991
B.S. in Biology                                               Fort Hays State University       1981


2008- present   Olathe Northwest High School          11th -12th     College Biology
2003-2008       Olathe Northwest High School          10th              Aerospace & Engineering Chemistry
1988-2003       Wichita Northwest High School         9th-12th       Biology, Chemistry, and A&P
1983-1988       Wilbur Junior High School (Wichita) 8th               Science
2009                Greater KC Regional Robotics Coach of the Year—Woodie Flowers Award
2006                National Teacher of the Year, the Christa McAuliffe Memorial Award
2005                Air Force Association Missouri State Teacher of the Year
2005                Rotary District 5710 Educator of the Year
2000                STAR Alumnus Award (Wichita State University)
2000                Kansas — State Teacher of the Year



  • Rippe believes that excitement breeds excitement. She is passionate about teaching science and wants her students to become  mini scientists, life-long learners and hypothesizers who understand the process of science.


  • Rippe firmly believes that the most productive relationship between student and teacher is based on mutual respect where the teacher is the facilitator of knowledge and students are empowered by their learning. The relationship is positive and interactive with high expectations.  Students feel safe and valued.  The teacher supports the students not only in the classroom but also outside by attending extracurricular events.



“Mrs. Rippe is more than a teacher to her students but is also a mentor, advisor and sometimes ‘mom’ to at least 120 students every year.  The level of energy, enthusiasm, and passion that Sue emits spreads to her students and peers alike.  What makes Sue a master teacher is her ability to develop individuals’ responsibility for their own learning.”

— Dr. Gwen Poss, Principal


Not only is Sue Rippe a dynamo with her drive for professional success, but she cares.  She cares about her fellow peers.  She cares about her school, community, and class.  Most importantly, Sue cares about her students.  She is the complete package.  There is, without a doubt, no other teacher that has shown as much dedication, motivation, and care for teaching as much as Sue Rippe.”                                                                                                                                                                                                           —Drew Keiter, teaching colleague



“Enough credit cannot be given to ‘mom’ Sue Rippe  who brought us together on the robotics team, mentoring each of us, giving us not only an education in chemistry and engineering but most importantly in family.”

— LTJG Jon-Bernard Pro, former student