Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod acknowledged extraordinary teachers throughout the 32nd Senate District at a special luncheon held on October 6, 2012. Eleven deserving local teachers were honored by the Senator, including retired Fontana High School Teacher, Ruth Rue.
Mrs. Rue taught for 28 years in Fontana before her retirement in 1982. She covered five different subjects every day for several years while in Fontana Junior High School. Later in her career, Mrs. Rue taught English and Business Communication at Fontana High School. Her early study of Latin prepared her in the teaching of English, building vocabulary and grammar as an integral part of her assignments in class. A student who was in Mrs. Rue’s advanced English class at Fontana High School in 1970-71 wrote in a local newspaper 42 years later on the impact Mrs. Rue made to her life. The type of education she gave to her students allowed them to become successful individuals.
“This Awards Luncheon is an opportunity to recognize local teachers who always put students first. Teachers play many vital roles in the lives of students and often go unnoticed. I want to change that by highlighting their achievements,” said Senator Negrete McLeod.
The eleven teachers were nominated by parents, students, colleagues and friends. One teacher was selected per city and unincorporated community within the 32nd Senate District, in addition to selecting one retired teacher from the district. In addition to Mrs. Rue, this year’s honorees are: Ryan Duckworth (Bloomington), Jose Quintero (Ontario), Wesley Pulido (Muscoy), Scott Rossen (Chino), Lori Faulkner (Etiwanda), Emily Rodriguez (Pomona), Jose Martinez, Jr. (Colton), Dorothy Johnston (Montclair), Carol Bertotto (Rialto), and Ken Soto (San Bernardino).