About Dr. Rick Jetter

(for extended school closure until 4/20/20)
Please click on the staff "Talking Points" document below to learn about initial steps that we are taking to plan for school closure through 4/19/20. You may also refer to the Commandant's message for additional information. Dr. Larcara also put together a Best Practices for Distance Learning Quick Tips Sheet together for staff which is also attached below. We will miss seeing our cadets and candidates and want you to know that we are here for you and thinking about you! Stay safe and healthy. Be well!
I am honored to be part of the WNY Maritime Charter School--which I believe is a one-of-a-kind school, unlike any other on this planet.  I have taught and led within educational settings over the course of my entire career.  My passions continue to reside in working directly with children and supporting educators in the classroom. I hold four degrees (a Bachelor’s Degree in English, a Master’s Degree in English Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and a Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Learning and Instruction). I have also authored five books for teachers and school leaders and one young-adult novel while traveling throughout the nation in order to offer professional development opportunities for educators.
Most of our cadets and staff members call me “Dr. J.” (short for Dr. Jetter) and I started, here, at the high school as a Grade 9 ELA Teacher and Humanities Dept. Head before becoming the Vice Commandant for Academic Affairs. My role is to support teaching, learning, and achievement at Maritime through cadet interactions and 1:1 teacher support.
Most importantly, I am honored to work with your cadet and will work hard to make your cadet be the best that he or she can be!
On a personal note, I have four children (ages 16, 13, and 11), including a step-son who is an Officer in the United States Navy, and two wonderful grandchildren (who call me "Papa J").  I also have a dog named "George Jetter".
More about me can be found at: