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Ingy Rucker, Daniels Run Elementary School

Name: Ingy Rucker

School: Daniels Run Elementary School

Grade/Subject: 3

How long have you been a teacher?

This is my 3rd full year teaching. Prior to teaching I worked at a fantastic non-profit which focused on high school dropout prevention. Although I loved my job, I realized I loved working with kids even more, and decided to go to graduate school to pursue education.

What is your favorite lesson of the year?

My favorite unit to teach is Ancient Cultures and Civilizations. There is so much interesting information, and so many fun projects you can do with it.  The students are also fascinated by this unit, which makes it extra fun to teach.

What do you like most about your school?

My school is amazing. I literally don’t even know where to start.  I think I would have to go with my colleagues.  We have the most incredible people working in our school—from administration, to janitorial staff.  No matter who you are talking to, people are always willing to lend a hand, and they want the best for our all our students, no matter which class they are in.  We also have some pretty terrific kids at our school too. The community that surrounds Daniels Run is so supportive and positive—it really does help make Daniels Run a great place to work. We also have a TON of technology available at Daniels Run.  It is such a great resource to be able to get our students ready for our technology run world at such a young age.

Why do you like this grade (best thing about this age of students)? 

Third graders are fantastic.  First of all, they are hilarious. They have the ability to make you smile and laugh no matter what is going on.  Third grade is great because it is such a transitional year for the kids… they are no longer the little guys, and they grow up so much in that one year—its amazing!

One tip for parents: Read with your kids every day… Also, take time to HAVE FUN! We are always so busy, it is hard to stop and enjoy the little things—but it makes a big difference with them.

5 Quick  Q&A

Favorite book? The BFG…and most Roald Dahl books.

College/University attended? James Madison University – Go DUKES!!!

If you could be another profession, what would it be? I tried a few other professions, so I know that this is where I should be.. but if I had to choose something else, it would have to be a job working with dogs, or sideline reporter for the Washington Redskins.

Favorite place to travel? I LOVE to travel, and will take any opportunity to do so.  I still have a lot of places to see, but one of my favorite places in the world is Costa Rica…. If you ever get a chance to go, do it!


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