About Mr. Ruckelshaus
- I Grew up in Montgomery County, PA and graduated from Methacton High School.
- I Joined Navy at 18, served on 2 fast attack submarines and was stationed in Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, Norfolk, VA, London, England, and Groton, CT during my 9 years of service. Got married somewhere in there to an awesome woman who puts up with me.
- I attended Temple University where I majored in English and minored in History. I worked full time as a programmer for most of it and still graduated in five years.
- I began doing web design and web development in 1994, and worked at a variety of technology corporations as a designer, developer, systems administrator, and manager until becoming a full-time teacher in 2007.
- I decided that I needed a "Plan 'B'" in 2003 while working insane hours at a technology startup that left me questioning my desire to continue in the technology field.
- I began working on my M.Ed. at Cabrini College in August, 2003.
- In 12/2006, received my first teaching certification, in English, and completed my M.Ed. I'm also certified to teach Social Studies, Communications, Technology Education, and Business & Computer Technology.
- My first teaching job was teaching Computer Science, Web Design, Web Programming, Business Electives, and English Electives at a public High School in Berks County, PA.
- I am thrilled to be the Computer Applications teacher at Great Valley Middle School. I can be found in Room 212.
- I run the GVMS Robotics Club
- I love teaching, and I really enjoy being able to help my students understand and learn all about technology.
Which brings me to now. My wife, Mary Beth, my daughters, Elizabeth (born 9/98), and Meredith (born 12/2001), dogs Charlie and Pearl, and cats Mork and Murphy and I all live in Collegeville, PA. MB is a pharmacist for a large regional health system.
My hobbies include computers, 3D Printing, woodworking, cycling (road and mountain), and building bicycle frames. You can view some of the bicycle frames that I've built here
. Oh, and I make a mean cheesesteak.