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Woodbine School Board hires CREW Center STEM coordinator
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Woodbine School Board hires CREW Center STEM coordinator

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WOODBINE — The Woodbine School District has announced their hire for the regional STEM coordinator at the newly built CREW Center in Woodbine.

Paul Ridder, of Woodbine, will start at the new position in late January 2021.

“I’m just extremely excited to get started,” Ridder said, adding that he is also looking forward to working with the Center staff.

Ridder was born and raised in Battle Creek, Neb. where from an early age, liked to be involved in many different types of hands-on projects.

Math and science were his favorite subjects in school.

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“They were the ones that I didn’t have to work very hard for and I enjoyed everything about them,” said Ridder.

Through high school, he worked in an automotive shop. And he also often helped his dad, who was an electrician by trade.

In other words, STEM is something that has been part of Ridder's life since he was a kid.

He would graduate from high school and attend college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, he began working for InterSystems in 2007. (The manufacturing company, now more commonly called GSI and based in Omaha, Neb., is know for building large-scale conveying elevating equipment mainly for the agriculture industry.)

Read the rest of the story about Ridder in the upcoming December 30 issue of your hometown newspaper, The Twiner-Herald!

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