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 two distinguished educators with extensive experience in the schools in and around Gettysburg.
Bill Foreman has been active in education for over 40 years as a teacher, school administrator, consultant, and supervisor of student teachers. He earned his undergraduate degree at Shippensburg University and a Master's degree in Educational Administration at Penn State, then began his career as a fourth- and sixth-grade teacher at the recently demolished Keefauver School on Lefever Street before moving on to become a fourth grade teacher and principal of the Meade School (now the Federal Pointe Inn), which sits between Springs Avenue, Buford Avenue, and Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg. Foreman left the Meade School in 1969 to become principal of Lincoln Elementary, a position he held for 27 years. He has been with Gettysburg College since 1996.
If you visit Lincoln Elementary to participate in an afterschool program or to do field work you may notice a picnic pavilion on the school grounds, which was erected by the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) to commemorate 25 years of service given by Foreman and his secretary to GASD. The Parent Teacher Organization also established a scholarship in Foreman's honor, which has been given annually to a graduating senior at Gettysburg High School since 1990. Foreman is also renowned as the "Father of Sixth Grade Camp" in Gettysburg, an outdoor school experience that gives sixth graders from the middle school an opportunity to spend a week in the woods with high school-aged counselors and their teachers in a sleepaway camp setting. He knows more corny jokes than you will ever want to hear.
Like his counterpart, Mr. Foreman, Ed Ruggles has been a fixture in the local education community in Gettysburg for more than four decades. Ruggles started his career in 1969 as a sixth grade teacher at Keefauver Elementary, a position he held for ten years. He then became Head Teacher at the Meade School from 1979-83, while simultaneously supervising the Gettysburg Area School District's Chapter I program. In 1983 Ruggles was named principal at Franklin Township Elementary in Cashtown, a position he held until 1999. He retired as principal at Lincoln Elementary in 2003 after a four-year stint there. If you visit Lincoln you may notice Ruggles' smiling face adoring the wall in the lobby, along with a tribute to the 34 years of professional experience he gave to Gettysburg's public schools. Ruggles earned his undergraduate degree and a Master's degree in Elementary Education at Shippensburg University and holds an Administrative II Elementary Principal license, which he earned at Western Maryland (now McDaniel College) in 1984.
Although he has retired from public school teaching and administration, Ruggles enjoys working closely with our student teachers to ensure that they are well prepared for the rigors of professional life. 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. Feel free to contact him with any questions you may have about teacher certification in Pennsylvania.