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Welcome to the Business Department!

  •  Hello and welcome to our Riverdale Ridge High School Business Program!

    The mission of the Riverdale Ridge Business Program is to prepare students with the business

    knowledge and 21st Century Skills.  Our program will prepare our students to excel in college-level business administration programs as well as provide tools for our potential young business entrepreneurs .  All of our classes at Riverdale Ridge High School will help our students function at a higher level in the workforce, regardless of their chosen profession. Through project based curriculum, students will learn and more importantly, practice, skills that will help them sharpen their abilities, become better listeners, better communicators, and increase their confidence as problem solvers.  

    We are proud to announce that Riverdale Ridge is an official High School of Business  (HSB) School (a program founded by MBA Research).  HSB courses are taught using problem and project-based pedagogy; in other words, students actively complete projects and solve problems in each course.  The HSB program is a three year program consisting of six, one semester classes. Classes cover a broad spectrum of business including Principles of Business, Business Economics, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Finance, Principles of Management, and Business Strategies. Riverdale Ridge High School additionally offers two optional courses: Leadership and Wealth Management.  Classes are grouped together to form three year long classes.

    Riverdale Ridge High School of Business students work on real-life business projects and solve real-life business problems.  Students are engaged in the classes and have fun learning. They participate in collaborative and inclusive projects, make friends, improve business soft skills, and become leaders amongst their peers.  Our business department will be excited to see you in class or answer any questions you may have.

    --Scott Neitenbach

Meet Our Business Team!



Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree Secondary and Middle School Business Education-University of Wyoming, Masters Degree in Special Education Generalist-University of Northern Colorado

Mrs. JoLynn Baral, Business & DECA/FBLA

JoLynn Baral is currently a High School of Business Teacher, DECA C0-Advisor and Head FBLA Advisor here at Riverdale Ridge High School. Mrs. Baral has taught business and special education for 16 years as of 2022. Mrs. Baral has been named the New Marketing Teacher of the Year in 2017-18 and nominate as Junior Achievement Teacher of the Year for 2021-22.

Mrs. Baral is also the Colorado DECA District 7 Board Member, MBA Research Teacher Advisory Network Representative for Colorado, and the FBLA Representative on the Colorado Business and Marketing Educators Association Board (CBAM).

Mrs. Baral grow up in Wyoming and now lives in Northern Colorado with her husband of 20 years and their sweet Jack Russel, Katie. In her free time Mrs. Baral enjoys taking wildlife photography, fishing, cooking for family and friends, researching her genealogy roots, traveling, and most of all spending quality time with her family.



Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. - Business Administration (WCU) M.Ed - Elementary Education (Regis)

Mrs. Carol Haman

Carol Haman is a proud educator teaching High School of Business™ (HSB) at Riverdale Ridge High School. 

Mrs. Haman is a Colorado native, born and raised in Brighton. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Small Business Management from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. Mrs. Haman gained industry experience through several grocery chains, a local marketing firm, Kraft Foods, and a local jewelry store. She earned her Master's in Education from Regis University, teaching elementary education and reading intervention in the Cherry Creek School District and Aurora Public Schools before returning to School District 27J to empower students by teaching business to our future leaders.  

Mrs. Haman has always been a proud supporter of DECA. She has experienced the rigor and excitement of preparing and competing as a student, parent, judge, and advisor at Brighton High School and Riverdale Ridge High School. She enjoys sharing her passion for learning and competing with our Riverdale Ridge Business Club members.

As a LiveMindful certified trainer, she enjoys sharing mindfulness practices with colleagues and students. Spending time with family and friends is where you will find her when she is not in the classroom. She is married with two children and two dogs.  




Degrees and Certifications:

Masters of Science (Accounting)

Mr. Scott Neitenbach

This is Mr. Neitenbach's 8 year of teaching and his 7th year working in School District 27J.  Prior to teaching, Mr. Nietenbach was a former CPA and business owner.  In addition to teaching, he is also the Riverdale Ridge High School Head Wrestling Coach.