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1st Grade Classrooms

Tara Gniadek

Hi Everyone!

My name is Mrs. Gniadek and I teach First Grade at Buder Elementary. I have taught Kindergarten for 27 years for the Ritenour District.  This will be a new adventure in First Grade.   I have two daughters, Haley and Riley.  Haley attends the graduate program at The Ohio State and Riley attends SEMO.  I love spending time with family and friends.

I love building relationships and sparking a love for learning in my students.  


Ashley Martin

Hello! My name is Ashley Martin. This is my fifth year teaching, I previously taught kindergarten and preschool. I have my bachelors degree in elementary education from UMSL. 

Outside of school, I love to spend time with my husband and two sons. I love to be outside, hang with my two dogs and cat, and read. 

I am excited to meet my students and to become a classroom family. I hope that we can approach this year as a team to help your child grow!

Michelle Steele

My name is Michelle Steele and I have been teaching about 10 years, seven here at Buder! I have been teaching First Grade for four years now and I love it. I began as a social worker, so I work hard to create an equitable, loving, and supportive community in the classroom. 

I have a daughter in college at St. Louis University, a dog named Tyson who is THE best boy, and four lizards (Stella, Vincent, Jack, and Maui.)

Chynna Young 

Hello! My name is Chynna Young and this will be my third year teaching. I graduated from Mizzou with a bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I completed my first two years of teaching in Hazelwood and taught Pre-K and kindergarten. I am very excited to be in Ritenour School District and to be teaching first grade. I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog Bentley, and going to the gym after school. I cannot wait to get to know all of my students!