Ruth Bontrager

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Class of 2004
Math Teacher, Marquette High School, Rockwood School District
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Secondary Education Certification
Number of years of experience: 9
What was the one “takeaway” you received from an MBU education?
I learned the importance of starting off the year on the right note with students! Dr. Jim Bimes told me to “go in yelling and kick the trashcan out of your way so the kids will be a little scared.” (He was joking!) That message about making an impactful first impression stuck with me. I just choose to do it by learning the names and faces of all my students before that first day of school so I can greet them by name on the first day. It’s a gentler approach, but it works for me.