Ruthanne Rust (AK '91)
Science Education, Field Supervision
At the time of the Award, Ruthanne Rust was:
Denali Elementary School
Subject(s) taught: Science
When Ruthanne Rust retired as a mentor teacher at Denali Elementary School in Fairbanks, she moved to Pennsylvania to teach at a private Jewish Academy. Currently she is a member of the Adjunct Faculty staff at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. During her tenure as an elementary school educator, Ms. Rust was chosen as Alaska's alternate for the Teacher in Space Program, was president of the Fairbanks Education Association, and took part in research sponsored by the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She served as Alaska's representative on a National Science Foundation research vessel studying marine ecosystems and was active in "Next Century Schools," a three-year science education project sponsored by the Nabisco Foundation.
After teaching science in a private Academy, I have begun a new phase of education, that is teaching at the University level. I currently continue to teach a Contemporary Science Class for Elementary Educators, but have added teaching Introduction to Education and have begun Supervision of Arcadia Students in the field, pre-student teaching and student teaching experiences. In addition, I have contributed unique video footage of two endangered species to the AEKive project based in Great Britain at Bristol. So my two major foci today are wildlife videography and science education.