One part of the "three-legged stool" of support each student teacher receives during the Education Semester comes in the form of a college supervisor. The college supervisor's job is to visit each student teacher's classroom throughout the semester to observe teaching activity and to provide support for the student teacher as he or she moves through the experience. At Gettysburg College student teachers are fortunate to be served by a distinguished educator with extensive experience in the schools in and around Gettysburg.
Ed Ruggles has been active in education for over 40 years as a teacher, school administrator, Federal Programs Coordinator and supervisor of student teachers. He earned his undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree in Education at Shippensburg University and holds an Administrative II Certificate, which he earned at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College.)
Ruggles started his career as a sixth grade teacher at the recently demolished Keefauver School on Lefever Street, a position he held for ten years. He then became principal at Meade School (now the Federal Pointe Inn), while simultaneously supervising the Gettysburg Area School District’s Chapter I program. In 1983 , Ruggles was named principal of Franklin Township Elementary, a position he held for 18 years. In 1999 he was named principal of the new fourth and fifth grade intermediate school, Lincoln Elementary, from which he retired after 5 years. If you visit Lincoln Elementary you may notice Ruggles’ smiling face adorning the wall in the lobby, along with a tribute for the 34 years of professional experience and service he gave to Gettysburg’s public schools. He has been with Gettysburg College since 2004.
Although he has retired from public school teaching and administration, Ruggles’ passion for education continues by working closely with our student teachers to ensure that they are well prepared to be the best teacher they can possibly be for the students of today. His vision is “to be sure there is a teacher in every classroom who cares that every student, every day, learns and grows and feels like a real human being.” As a man of many talents, Ruggles once owned a Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg and was named the Education Department’s Certification officer in the summer of 2013 and Director of Field Placement in January, 2016. Feel free to contact him with any questions you may have about teacher certification in Pennsylvania or placement of students in schools for education course requirements.