Ellsworth High School

Melanie Ruark » Ms. Ruark

Ms. Ruark

I am currently in my second year as a member of the English Department at Ellsworth High School. Overall, this is my twenty-fifth year in education. Graduating from Gordon College in Wenham, MA with a B.S in Elementary and Special Education, I taught special education and literacy for grades K-6 for three years, and grades 6-8 for 3 years. I then moved into the world of alternative education at the middle school and high school levels. Starting in 1999, I taught English for four years in the Cony High Alternative Program for students at Cony High School, originally started by my mother and a colleague in 1987. From there I moved on to work on my post-graduate work in Literacy Education at the University of Maine and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Education and Literacy. Later I returned to the classroom as a literacy specialist for RSU #34: Old Town High School, after graduating as a member of the first training cohort for 7-12 Literacy Coaches at the University of Maine.When I first came to Ellsworth, I was one of two academic teachers at Hancock County Technical Center. I worked in the alternative program at EHS for two years before joining the English Department. I have taught the Bridge and Dual Enrollment classes for the past four years.

I am also an active member and Past State President for Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional organization for key women educators, promoting the personal and professional growth of women educators around the world. This means I am training and working with educators from all areas from all over the state of Maine, as well as worldwide. Many of our members are part of the Ellsworth School Department.

Beyond my educational experience, I also have experience working with a Master Maine Guide, as a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher on Acadia National Park, and as an avid kayaker, fisherman, and hunter. I have many experiences I can bring to the classroom and share with my students. This year I am also offering Creative Writing and Outdoor Literature.