Dr. Rick Jetter » About Dr. Rick Jetter

About Dr. Rick Jetter

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 six 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, 14, and 12), 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 by visiting the following websites:
NEW UPDATES: *2020-2021 Program Support*
As WNYMCS has adopted a hybrid schooling model for the high-school and will be using blended learning strategies at the middle school during their face-to-face schooling model, the following resources can assist teachers and parents to understand the balance that is needed to ensure both "human" and "digital" support network in the areas of:
  • Carrying out the Maritime Traditions
  • Instructional Practices & Teaching
  • Assessment & Grading
  • Counseling Services, Guidance Support and Social-Emotional Learning
  • Mentorships for New Staff Members
  • Procedures and Guidelines
Please refer to the tabs on this page in order to learn more about program supports to help our teachers and cadets.
I wish you a healthy and dynamic school year and I am here to assist you with anything that you need.