Hello! My name is Mr. Ruiz and I will be your teacher for junior high science and STEM this year. This is my fifth year teaching science at Ridgeview and my third year teaching STEM.


Originally I am from northern Illinois and moved down to the Bloomington-Normal area to attend Illinois State University. At Illinois State I pursued my degree in middle level education. I student taught at Ridgeview in the fall of 2015 and then graduated from ISU in December 2015. After graduating I was an interventionist at Ridgeview and then began my first year of teaching at Ridgeview during the 2016-2017 school year. 

Last year I had the honor of marrying my amazing wife Sarah and we share a home with our little Yorkie puppy, Ollie. When I am not teaching, I enjoy woodworking, playing golf, watching sports, and playing video games.

I truly enjoy teaching science at Ridgeview. Being able to teach each of the junior high science classes allows me to see each student's scientific knowledge develop throughout their junior high career.  Students in my class can expect a hands on learning experience with varied forms of content delivery. 

If you ever need me, please know that I am only an email or phone call away.

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Contact Information

School: 309-723-2951

Degrees and Certifications

Bachelor's degree in Middle Level Education

with a focus in Science and Mathematics from

Illinois State University