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Principal, Holy Name School

Dr. Don Ridder        dridder@hnsomaha.org

Dr. Don Ridder is a family oriented man. He has been married to his wife, Brenda, for 33 years. Brenda is a 5th grade teacher at Harvey Oaks School in Millard. Dr. Ridder credits his success as an administrator to Brenda. Together, they have three grown children; Kristina is a Special Needs or an ACP (Adjusted Curriculum Program) teacher at Rowher Elementary in Millard. Her husband, Josh, is a store manager for Verizon and they are proud parents of their one-year-old daughter, Olivia. Jacob and his wife, Katelin, are both Physician’s Assistants (PA). Jacob works as a Surgical PA at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs and Katelin works as an Orthopedic PA at Methodist Health West hospital in Omaha. Bridget is a recent graduate at UNL with a major in Biology. She is working at Merck laboratories in Omaha. 

Dr. Ridder received his Associates Degree in General Agriculture from UNL, a BA in Business Education from Wayne State College, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from UNO, a Specialist Degree and Superintendent’s Endorsement from UNL, and a Doctorate in Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership at Creighton University. 

Dr. Ridder began his teaching career in Valley, Nebraska, where he was the Business and Computer teacher. He also coached football, basketball, and track, along with sponsoring the Future Business Leaders of America program. He attained his first principal position at Benedict, Nebraska where he also served as the Activities Director and football coach. His success there created an opportunity for Dr. Ridder and his family to move to Crete, Nebraska, where he served as the assistant principal for four years and principal for two years. 

Those principal experiences provided great opportunities for Dr. Ridder and his family, however, they wanted their children to have a Catholic school education. Therefore, they moved to Omaha where Dr. Ridder served as the principal at Mary Our Queen School for three years. The growth and successes at MOQ drove Dr. Ridder to the challenge of starting St. Patrick’s Catholic Elementary School in 2000. St. Patrick’s is thriving while serving 830 students. 

Dr. Ridder is grateful to now have the opportunity to serve as the principal at such an amazing and traditionally strong school as Holy Name. Dr. Ridder hopes to build on the successes and quality leadership of Mrs. Kock. He looks forward to working with the staff, the students, parents, alumni, CUES leaders and donors of this very special school.

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