Meet the Teacher

Colleen Epler-Ruths, PhD
Subjects Currently Taught:
     AP Physics
     Physic 1
     Advanced Physics
     AP Computer Science Principles
     AP Computer Science 1 (JAVA)
Subjects Previously Taught:
    Chem 1
    Principles of Technology
    Physical Science 
    Honors Physics
Pennsylvania State Certification:
 Extra-Curricular Activities
    Ski Club Advisor
    Science Travel Club Advisor
    Class of 2011 and 2013 Advisor
    BS in Secondary Education - Chemistry, Biology, Physics
    Pennsylvania State University 1987
   MS in Education - 21st Century Learning and Teaching
   Wilkes University 2010
    MS - Educational Leadership C & I - Supervisor  and Principal Certification 
   Bloomsburg University 2014
    PhD  - Pennsylvania State University 2016 
        Research interest - student science learning with regards to technology, spatial skills, and teaching         practices

Awards -
    Finalist PA Teacher of the Year (2020)
    Recipient - Japan/US ICT Teacher Exchange 

Professional Memberships

  • PTAC - Pennsylvania Teachers Advisory Committee

  • NARST - National Association for Research in Science Teaching

  • FLN - Flipped-Learning Network 

  • AMTA – American Modeling Teachers Association

  • AAPT – American Association of Physics Teachers.  

  • AP Institute (2007, 2009, 2014) – Taft School, CT College Board prep for AP physics exams

  • Science In Motion – (2003 – present) Susquehanna University - High Tech Equipment for High School Classroom

Graduate level Classes 
        Temple University  1988-90
             Education Business
             Educational Administration
     Pennsylvania University  1988-91
            Energy Education
            Probes and Computers
    Wilkes University            2008-10
         Teaching in the 21st century
         Reading in Content Area
        Authentic Learning in Science
        Inquiry-Based Learning
        Advanced Technology
        Project-Based Learning
        Differentiated Instruction
       Action Research
        21st Century Practicum
    Summer Institutes
        Taft School, Connecticut
             Teaching First Year Physics  2006
              AP Physics C                       2007
              AP Physics B                       2009  
             AP Physics 1                         2014
        Wiedner University,  Philadelphia PA
             Engineering                          2008
      Modeling Physics                          2011
             Mansfield University
      Biology Benchmarking                    2011
        FLIP COM                                     2013 
    Bloomsburg University
                2012  Introduction to Administration          
                                Curriculum and Design                   
                   2013   Data Decisions                                   
                           School Leadership                             
                              School Law
                2014  School, Family, Community Relations
                                   Supervisor Internship
                          Organizational Leadership
                         Principal Internship
                2015  Special Education Administration

Pennsylvania University
                2015    Instructional Design
                            Assessment in Science
                2016    Spring - Research in Science Curriculum 
                                   Learning and Teaching Theories in Science Education
                                   History, Sociology and Philosophy of Science Education
                                   Emerging Technologies in Education
                                   Research Ethics in Curriculum and Instruction
                                   Research Statistics in Educational Psychology
                 2017    Spring
                                    Teaching Methods
                                     Research Methods in Educational Technology
                                     Research Methods in Teaching
                                     Qualitative Research Methods
                                     Academic Writing for Research
                2019   Dissertation : Effect of Spatial Skills on Middle School Students Science Content                                                           Learning with a Computer Visualization
Teaching Experience
       1987-88            Susquehanna Township School District      
       1988-92            York City School District                    
       2002-3             Southern Columbia School District           
       2003- present   Shikellamy School District
       2015-present     Bloomsburg University - TRIO professional tutor