Teacher fuses passion for art, math, computers

September 3, 2018

Columbia Falls Junior High School art teacher Dave Ritter categorizes himself as untraditional.

Just as Ritter describes his favorite art medium watercolor as very versatile, so is his approach to life.

While his career path eventually led to teaching, it meandered along the way. He has worked in a variety of jobs from coffee roaster to chimney sweep.

“I had the philosophy that if a job is no longer fun I need to do something different,” Ritter, 50, said.

Along the way he ended up in Paris with 524 to purchase the technology through the online campaign “Immersive 3D Art: The Classroom as a Virtual Canvas” at www.donorschoose.org. He still needs to raise $444 by Sept. 8, when the campaign expires.

Reporter Hilary Matheson may be reached at 758-4431 or hmatheson@dailyinterlake.com.

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