Amy Riter grew up in Littleton, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received her Bachelors degree in Biology. She was a research assistant at several biotech companies in Boulder and at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center before she went back to school at the University of Colorado, Denver and received her Masters in Science Education. Mrs. Riter got her first teaching job at Northglenn High School in 2001 and has been happily teaching at NHS ever since. Mrs. Riter received extensive training to be a PLTW certified instructor for the Biomedical Sciences pathway. Mrs. Riter implements the NHS STEM philosophy in her classroom where students are taught in a student-centered classroom using inquiry and collaborative learning while implementing real world problem solving techniques which intertwine 21st century skills, research techniques and investigative skills.