Steven Ruthford taught Biology and Advanced Placement Environmental Science at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Washington.
In his 13 years at Sehome, he also taught Physics, Chemistry, and Astronomy and served as Department Head and Instructional Coach.
Prior to working at Sehome, Ruthford spent a year as science teacher at Mountlake Terrace High School in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.
created the first Advanced Placement Environmental Science Program in his
county that is now taught at all high schools in the Bellingham School District
also coached swimming, Science Olympiad, debate, Envirothon, and Earth Service Corps.
Ruthford earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Secondary Education from Western Washington University and a Master of Education from Harvard University.
Along with his
state teaching certification, Ruthford
also holds a National Board Teaching Certificate in Biology.
In 2001, he was selected to participate in the Gates Foundation's Teacher Leadership Project integrating technology into his curriculum.
From 2003- 2008, he served as a district Teacher Leader in the North Cascades Olympic Science Partnership, a National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership funded program, directed by Western Washington University's Science Mathematics and Technology Education department.
Ruthford was awarded the Outstanding Young Educator Award by the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in 2005, and in 2008 he received a Robert Noyce Master Teacher Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
Noyce fellowship, Ruthford
helped author and publish Biology and Geology curriculum for university pre-service teachers that is now used by universities and colleges around the United States.
has also served as Adjunct Teaching Faculty at Western Washington University
Ruthford is serving his fellowship at the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Undergraduate Education, Math and Science Partnership Program/Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.