Deidre RipkaAssistant Principal and Dean

Mrs. Deidre Ripka is the Assistant Principal and Dean for students whose last names begin with A - L.  She spent her formative years as a Lady Pretzel at Freeport High School in Freeport, Illinois.  She attended Western Illinois University as an elementary education major, Golden Apple Scholar, and a member of the women’s basketball team.  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.


Mrs. Ripka and her husband live in Morton with their children, Izzy and Anderson.  In her free time she enjoys watching her kids play sports and dance, cooking, and training for local races and half marathons.  She is a member of the local running club—Royal Runners.