293: Interview with Michelle Ruhe

In this episode of the Empowering Educators podcast, Gretchen interviews Michelle Ruhe. Michelle shares all about her journey in education. Throughout the interview, Michelle shares wisdom and encouragement to all educators that will empower you to be elite no matter where you are at in your journey.


*All quotables are from the interviewee 

  • It’s not about the knowledge. It’s about the people. 

  • The reason you’re here right now, in this situation is because you’re supposed to learn something and think about what that is. 

  • Even though it’s stressful, there’s a tremendous benefit to the lesson you’re going to learn from it once you get through the hard part. 

About Michelle

Michelle helps teachers and school leaders implement best instructional practices in literacy, as she stays very current in the latest research findings. She’s in classrooms every day, working alongside teachers, helping students grow. Michelle keeps things simple, where impactful student learning, not cutesy fluff, is at the forefront. This is the recipe that leads to maximum student success and reduced teacher overwhelm. Her 15 years of classroom experience include: -Kindergarten -First Grade -Second Grade -Fourth Grade -Lead Teacher -Teaching in 4 different states -Opened 2 new buildings -Looped twice and then serving as a literacy interventionist, K-5 for 5 years, and have now been a literacy coach for three years. Additionally, as part of the school’s leadership team, she gets to partner with administration to plan and implement next steps forward for greater student achievement in literacy.

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I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.