Feature Article

Mrs. Riga's Story

New Teacher Biography Series

Written by Kennedy Green and Katie Gowin

Editor: Amelia Marshall

Sebastian Charter Junior High’s own Mrs. Ellie Riga is new to the school as a seventh and eighth grade ELA teacher. Mrs. Riga has been teaching for the past twenty-five years, beginning with grade one, and eventually teaching all grade levels over the years. Mrs. Riga taught in elementary school for fourteen years. Wanting a new challenge, she moved onto the higher grades.


Before becoming a teacher, Mrs. Riga was a stay-at-home mom, though she frequently helped at her kids´ schools. Mrs. Riga lived in Bergen County, New Jersey for her entire life, before moving to Florida. She earned her Masters Degree at William Paterson University, located in New Jersey. Mrs. Riga wanted to be a teacher ever since she was a child, always wanting to play school and to be the teacher.


Some of her favorite things about teaching at SCJH are how all the teachers and students know and care for each other, and how SCJH is academically superior to many of the other schools she has taught at. Mrs. Riga is married, with two children, one step-child, many nieces and nephews, and many other close relatives. The majority of her time is spent with family, and her favorite time is the holidays, which are also spent with family.

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Dear SCJH Families,

As the new Principal of Sebastian Charter Junior High School, I want to formally welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year! I am eagerly anticipating a successful and rewarding year, and I look forward to working with our dedicated parents, students, staff and the community to provide an exceptional educational experience for all SCJH families.

Nearly 20 years ago, SCJH was established by a group of parents just like you. They desired a small-school environment for their children that was both family-oriented and community-based, while also emphasizing their student’s academic growth and character development. While the school has undergone many changes, such as a beautiful new building with Chromebook carts, SmartBoards, and audio enhancement systems in every classroom, we still share and stress the same values and core beliefs today. As Principal, I personally know each and every student in the school, and speaking for the entire staff here at SCJH, we are concerned with the whole well-being of your child, not just their standardized test scores.

In conclusion, I wish you all a wonderful school year. If I can be of any assistance, do not hesitate to contact me at anytime and please know that my door is always open. I can be reached at mnolan@scjh.org or via phone at 772-388-8838. I am honored to serve as YOUR Principal.

Principal Marvel Nolan