Dr. Rick Jetter » About Dr. Rick Jetter & Important Announcements

About Dr. Rick Jetter & Important Announcements

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 (a.k.a. Asst. Head of Schools) 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 Descriptions*
**November 19, 2020: As per our Commandant, Maritime is currently 100% virtual due to an "orange zone" level of COVID-19 risk designated by the Governor.
Please read the two attached documents below.
We still intend to:
  • Carry out our Maritime Traditions
  • Instill Best-Practice Teaching
  • Utilize Assessment & Grading
  • Provide Counseling Services, Guidance Support and Social-Emotional Learning
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.