Ruth Ruud has been in education for 30 years as teacher, district coordinator and retired as an elementary
principal. Ruth has implemented many science outreach programs in the school district and serves on district
committees and state education committees.
Awards include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Elementary Science, Milken Family Foundation Educator
Award, finalist for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, and Distinguished Alumni, Gannon University.
Ruth has been a Solar System Educator since 1999, was a 1990 NEWEST participant, and was a NASA Explorer School Facilitator at
NASA Goddard Flight Space Center in 2003. Ruth She is currently the President Elect for Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association
and will assume the presidency in 2004. Ruth is also the treasurer for the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees. She has
presented at local, state, and national conventions including NSTA conventions.
"I have learned so much about space science, current missions and what scientists do at NASA from my involvement with SSEP.
The opportunity has made it possible for me to provide outreach activities for students, teachers, and parents and interested community members about JPL missions and current data. Just Saturday Sheri Klug did a videoconference about the Mars missions for 200 middle school students, 75 parents, 13 teachers and the superintendent. Parents commented positively on this educational learning experience. The superintendent would like to continue these type of educational opportunities in the school district and community. This would not have been possible without my involvement with SSEP."