Mrs. Deidre Ripka is the Principal at Morton High School. Deidre graduated Freeport High School in Freeport, Illinois and attended WIU where she earned an elementary education degree with a middle school endorsement. She taught 8th grade Language Arts at Central Junior High in Kewanee, Illinois, and was also a girls basketball coach at Kewanee High School. While teaching, Mrs. Ripka earned her MS in School Counseling at WIU. In 2005, she moved into the Counseling Office at Morton High School and became the Director of Counseling in 2007. She earned her Educational Leadership certificate from Bradley University in May 2013. Deidre was the Assistant Principal at MHS from 2016-2019 and then moved into the principal's position.