KCS Announces 2020 Educator of the Year

  • News
  • Briana Warner
  • 4/29/2020

Congratulations to Melissa Ruddle, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, our 2020 KCS Educator of the Year!

Mrs. Ruddle has been employed by Kanawha County Schools for more than 31 years as an English teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools, and for the past seven years, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction where she has left a major positive impact on K-12 instruction in Kanawha County Schools.

Aside from the tremendous amount of professional guidance she provides in the calmest of school years, Missy Ruddle has gone above and beyond during the pandemic. She has, from the very onset of this worldwide crisis, remained calm, level-headed, professional, and empathetic to our county teachers on so many levels. She not only guides teachers in providing quality instruction, she also checks on county teachers regarding their mental and emotional health. She stays in contact with educators, she participates in the teaching webinars daily, and she helps keep things in perspective: that our students and their families need us to also be kind, considerate humans just as much as they need us to be effective teachers. Her direction, in conjunction with the fabulous tech crew has helped us all stay calm, slow down, focus on what's important, and learn and grow as educators during this time.

Missy has always been an innovative leader in our county but in the last four weeks she has made it her personal mission to keep us (teachers, principals, and other staff) connected, inspired, encouraged, and motivated.

In her “spare” time, Missy enjoys her three dogs, Maggie, Yogi, and Olive, as well as her family: husband Pete and adult children, Jenny & Jake, who are following in her footsteps as educators. She serves on the Clay Center Board representing Kanawha County Schools to help support the activities made available to students. Missy also volunteers at the Kanawha County animal shelter.

Her leadership during this difficult time, as well as during normal times, has proven just what an asset to KCS Melissa Ruddle is and our lives better for “rubbing elbows” with her in the trenches (appropriately social distanced of course). Kudos to Missy Ruddle, 2019-2020 Educator of the Year.

Missy Ruddle