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Mrs.  Beth  Ridge  Brown
English Department Chair
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English 11, English 11 Honors


Richlands High School, 1985

University of North Carolina at Wilmington, B.A., 1989

East Carolina University, M.A. Ed., 1996

National Board Certified Teacher, English Language Arts, 2005

National  Board Certified Teacher, English Language Arts, Renewal, 2015


Jacksonville High School, 1989-1998

Richlands High School, 1999-Present


I am a native of Richlands, North Carolina, and I grew up running up and down the halls of Richlands High School. My father, Brock Ridge, was the principal and my mom, Ann Ridge, was the SIMS director.  I spent many hours here and these buildings have always been like a second home to me.  I graduated from Richlands High School in 1985. I then attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where I earned my B.A. degree in English with a minor in Secondary Education.  My first job as a teacher was at Jacksonville High School from 1989-1998.  During this time I earned my Master of Arts in Education, again with a concentration in English.  In the summer of 1998, I was able to fulfill a childhood dream of mine when I returned to Richlands High School, as an English teacher.  In November of 2005, I became a National Board Certified Teacher in English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood.  I renewed my National Board Certification in 2015.  I am now in my twenty-seventh year of teaching and still love my students. 

At present I serve in several capacities at Richlands High School.  I am co-chairperson of the Strategic Planning Team Chairperson, the Safe and Civil Schools Committee Chairperson, the English Department Chairperson, a mentor, and the Student Council Organization (SCO) advisor.  I am also the assistant to the director of the spring musical.

Outside of school I have a wonderful family.  In 1994 I married my junior high sweetheart, Ken Brown.  We will have been married twenty-one years December 2015.  Ken also teaches drafting and Project Lead the Way at RHS.  We have a thirteen year old daughter, Bailey, who is in the seventh grade.  From the moment of her conception to this very moment she has been an absolute miracle. She loves dance, softball, volleyball, robotics, school, language arts, history, science, band, and church.  She also loves every piece of technology she can get her hands on.  

I grew up attending Richlands United Methodist Church but have attended Richlands First Christian Church since I have been married.  I love to sing, read, write, walk, swim, watch TV, shop, and fish.  I love hanging out with my friends and I especially love spending time with my family.

A few other facts about me include the following:

*I BLEED BLUE AND GOLD!!!!  Go Wildcats!!!!

*I love ALL sports.

*I pull for the Duke Blue Devils.

*I pull for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in basketball.

*I am a HUGE Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey fan.

*I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Bon Jovi and I love 1980's music.

*My favorite book of all times is To Kill a Mockingbird.

*My favorite British novel is Wuthering Heights.

*Shakespeare is my favorite author to teach.

*I love the show I Love Lucy and the actress Lucille Ball.

*I love the beach! I love the water!  

*I love pizza!

*My favorite types of books to read for fun are true crime and Southern literature.

*I do NOT like Mark Twain or Charles Dickens.

*I love peanut butter and chocolate.

*I love post-it notes.

*I am allergic to almost all animals.

*I like to stay up late and sleep even later.

*I drink Dt. Mt. Dew.

*I LOVE lemon desserts!

*I hate to drive!

*Two of my most life-changing experiences are the 2007 and 2008 mission  trips I took with my church to help rebuild homes in Gulfport, Mississippi  after Hurricane Katrina.

*The best weekend of my life was my 2009 Walk to Emmaus, a Spiritual retreat.


*My favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:23 that says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."