Teacher Spotlight

IMG_0993First Sergeant Cannon, JROTC

by Janio Céspedes-Torres

First Sergeant Melton Cannon is a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) instructor at Ridge View. He was offered the Army instructor position in December of 2010, having the start date of January 3, 2011.

First Sergeant Cannon was born in Kinston, North Carolina and started his Army career after high school, enlisting in 1979. His first station was in Mainz, Germany.

While being in the Army, he accomplished attaining the rank of First Sergeant and retiring with full benefits. First Sergeant Cannon believes that everyone should do a minimum of three years in the Army for the experience.

“It is an experience that opens your eyes,” he says.

In his free time First Sergeant Cannon like to relax with his family and watch the Redskins and Carolina Panthers.

First Sergeant Cannon is a graduate of the University of Long Island. He has a loving wife and  four kids.



Mr. Brandon Ross, Assistant Administrator   by Jessica GreenIMG_1479 (1)                           

Brandon Ross is a new administrator at Ridge View High School. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of South Carolina, a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education from South Carolina State University and another Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from The University of South Carolina. Some of his specific duties are teacher evaluation, PSAT Testing, AP Testing, student discipline, personnel, buses, and support staff.This is his first year as an administrator. He became an administrator because he has a desire to affect change in the school system on a macro level.

He came to Ridge View because he says that they have an excellent tradition of challenging students to think globally. Ridge View also has great academic and extracurricular programs so that all students have a place where they can learn without feeling restricted. Lastly, he says Ridge View has great leadership and it’s a family oriented environment. He says that when he was offered the opportunity to join the family, the decision was easy. Before coming to Ridge View, he was a Counselor at Spring Valley High School.

He says that the best part of his job is establishing positive and healthy relationships with students. He also enjoys visiting classrooms and watching teachers teach and students learn. He says as an administrator he relies on his counseling experiences daily. He uses those skills to help when he has to discipline students. He says that it is important for students to deal with the consequences of their behavior but it’s even more important for them to learn from those negative experiences and avoid that behavior in the future.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He also spends a lot of time in the gym lifting weights and playing basketball. Mr. Ross also enjoys reading in his free time.


Mrs. Jones-Horton by Kierrah Daniels

Department: Master Hair Care                                                   mrs. horton

Courses Currently Teaching: Master Hair Care Program

First Year at Ridge View High School: 2017

Melissa Jones – Horton is a graduate of Symonds Beauty college and Trade School.

Mrs. Jones-Horton says that “cosmetology has been a calling for me since I was 12 years old. It’s all I ever wanted to be”. Her passion for her trade has lead her to our Master Hair Care Lab.

Previous to joining the blazer family, Mrs. Jones – Horton lead the Master Hair Program at C.A Johnson Preparatory Academy.

Mrs. Jones-Horton says that “if you want to go into the field of cosmetology or something similar to it you have to ask yourself whether or not it is something you would mind doing even if you aren’t paid to do so”.

Mrs. Jones-Horton caution students who enter the field of cosmetology to truly evaluate their reasons for doing so. “A lot of people see the glitz and glam in the movies and forget about the effort it takes to build yourself up to that level. Becoming a cosmetologist means long days away from your family and even working on holidays. But it’s all worth it to see the look on the clients face when you make their dreams come true”.

In her free time, Mrs. Jones-Horton is very active in the community. She works with the city council, the school board, and volunteers at various outreach organizations throughout the state.


Mike Crook  by Jonathan Cardona

Department: Career and Technology Education (CATE)

Courses Currently Teaching: Sports Medicine I, Sports Medicine II

First Year at Ridge View High School: First year as a trainer 2012 – First year as a teacher 2014Crook photo0001 (989x1280)

Mike Crook is one of our school athletic trainers  at Ridge View High School.  He helps with the athletic trainer students. Mr. Crook has three degrees in which he has completed throughout his life.

He obtained his first degree, an Associate of Arts,  while attending Anne Arundel Community College  in Arnold, Maryland.

He earned his second degree, Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training, at Catawba College located in Salisbury, North Carolina.

His last degree, Master of Education in Sport Administration, was completed at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Mr. Crook is a retired Chief Petty Officer from the United States Navy Reserves.  He is originally from  Saint Petersburg, Florida and now resides in Lexington, South Carolina.

Mr. Crook is happily married with three children. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his kids, reading about American history, and woodworking.


Dr. Casey Moore by Abigail Adams


(photo credit Casey Moore via Twitter)

Department: World Languages

Courses Currently Teaching: Latin I, Latin II, Latin III,

Mythology, Scholars Academy Research Seminar

First Year at Ridge View High School: 2014

Dr. Casey Moore is in her ninth year of teaching. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida and earned her master’s and a PhD degree at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Moore has received the following awards: Robert Alston Award for Excellence in Ancient Languages, Rutledge Prize from the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts, Graduate School Travel Grant, and the Society for Classical Studies Travel Grant. Three of her works have also been published.

Dr. Moore is the sponsor for Junior Class at Ridge View High School is one of the instructors for Scholars Academy of Business and Law.

Dr. Moore is originally from Tampa, Florida and currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband Scott West and her two dogs, Skully and Bones. She enjoys weightlifting, running and coloring in her free time.

On April 22, Dr. Moore hosted the first prom held at the new district building, R2i2. The theme was the “Roaring Twenties,” based off the novel “The Great Gatsby.” According to many students and staff in attendance, the prom was a successful event.


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Ms. Clary

Department: Mathematics

Courses Currently Teaching: Algebra 3 CP/Magnet, and Foundations in Algebra

First Year at Ridge View High School: 2004
Patti Clary is a graduate of the University of South Carolina (USC)  where she received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and her master’s degree in Secondary Math.

Ms. Clary has been teaching at Ridge View High school for 10 years, but has over 26 years of experience in the education field from Summit Parkway Middle School from 2001 to 2004, Dreher High School  in 1990, and Spring Valley High School where she was the cheer coach from 1990 to 2001. Ms. Clary is over the Democracy club here at Ridge View and has been the senior class sponsor for the past 11 years.

Ms. Clary says that being a teacher is more than just a career for her, and her most favorable moments in her career so far have been getting to know her students.

Ms. Clary plans to retire in the fall of 2017, where she will have more time to read, go to the pool, attend USC athletic and alumni events, and spend time with her family and friends.


Mrs. Moore by Janea’ Brantley   

Department: Science


Shawna Moore at Ridge View’s prom

Courses Currently Teaching: Chemistry

First Year at Ridge View High: 2014

Shawna Moore currently is a chemistry teacher at Ridge View High School but previously taught physical science and middle school science in Fairfield County. She has been teaching at Ridge View for two years, but has totaled over 17 years of experience

Mrs. Moore graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She also has a Masters of Education from Lesley University and Master of Arts in Teaching from University of Phoenix.

Mrs. Moore originally planned to be a pharmacist, but started substitute teaching and enjoyed it. She went back to become a certified educator through the PACE teaching program(Program of alternative certification for Educators).

Mrs. Moore was born and raised in Paterson, NJ.  She has been married for 19 years and currently has two children, a 13- year-old daughter and an  8-year-old-son.

Mrs. Moore enjoys singing, reading, and spending time with family .


Mrs. Futrill by Jefferson Fulmore


Department: Social Studies

Courses Currently Teaching: World History, World Geography

First Year at Ridge View High: 2014

Mrs. Peggy Futrill attended Georgia Military College for her associate degree and transferred to Georgia Southern University for her bachelor’s degree. Mrs. Futrill participates in  the Final Exam Schedule Committee and the Tech Leadership Club. Her hobbies are traveling around the world for historical field trips, baking, reading, and spending quality time with her family. Recently married, she now lives with her step son, two cats, and a dog. Mrs. Futrill enjoys taking trips such as when she went to Las Vegas, Nevada where an Elvis impersonator officiated her wedding and Russia after the cold war had ended in December of 1992.

Mr. McMicken by Halin Miklas

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Department: English

Courses currently teaching: English I, English III Honors, English III Magnet, Creative Writing

First Year at Ridge View High School: 2011

 Jeffrey McMicken has been teaching English at Ridge View High School since 2011. He also teaches a course in Creative Writing. Mr. McMicken attended University of South Carolina (USC) and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education.

 Mr. McMicken is part of the Richland Two Innovates Team; he is a coordinator for Junior Marshals, and leads the English III team. Mr. McMicken is part of Ridge View’s Leadership Team, heading the Project Based Learning (PBL) initiative, and works with USC student teachers. He is also the sponsor of the Pay It Forward Club.

 Mr. McMicken’s awards include Teacher of The Year 2015, Most Spirited Teacher, and Culture of Excellence Award.

Mr. McMicken was born in Columbia, South Carolina. He enjoys playing tennis and working in his yard. Mr. McMicken loves his wife very dearly. Also, a lover of the feline species, he firmly believes that cats are awesome.