Ruth Thurber, Ed.D.
Ed.D. in Child & Youth Studies: Special Services/Exceptional Education (2003); 4.0 – Nova Southeastern University
Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration and Supervision (1991) – Syracuse University
M.S. in Educational Administration & Supervision (1976) – Syracuse University
B.S. in Elementary Education, minor in Psychology (1974) – Russell Sage College; Troy, N.Y.
Certified Permanent Teacher (N.Y.) in Special Education, Elementary Education and School District Administrator with pre-K to Adults
Dr. Thurber served as a school administrator (1990–2003) in a state-operated psychiatric inpatient unit for 5- to 21-year-old special and regular education students in upstate New York. She was responsible for conducting educational evaluations, instruction, classroom management and assuring compliance with IEP/504 plans. Emphasis was also placed on collaboration with local school districts and families, ensuring creative planning and successful transition back to the child's home school. Prior to becoming the school administrator, Dr. Thurber taught in their day treatment program, subsequently moving into the inpatient, short-term acute program teaching children, adolescents and adults with emotional disabilities. In their home school districts, these students were educated in many different settings from self-contained to traditional classroom settings with and without resource supports.
Dr. Thurber began her tenure teaching in higher education in 1998 as an adjunct instructor teaching special education, school leadership and teacher preparation courses. Initially teaching traditional face-to-face courses, after earning her Ed.D., she became an adjunct assistant professor teaching school leadership and special education courses utilizing both hybrid and online formats. She continues to serve as a Clinical Supervisor for student teachers and a Scorer and Scoring Supervisor for edTPA Special Education.
Dr. Thurber draws many parallels between her experiences and Waldorf's philosophy and educational opportunities for their students. Having earned her Ed.D. in a non-traditional program, she has a real respect and appreciation for online education and being the adult learner with family, work and schoolwork obligations. After nearly 30+ years as a life-long educator she enjoys using her passion and professional experience to help motivate and create great teachers and future educational leaders.