Name:Stephanie Ruehlen, Rountree Elementary
     Grade/Subject: PPCD Classroom, Room 186
        Hello and welcome to my webpage!  This is my sixth year as a PPCD Teacher, and I LOVE my job! I have been a teacher for 17 years-- 12 as an Allen Eagle!! I have worked in grades 3,4,5 and 6 before making the switch to Special Education. I also worked as a DEAR  Self-Contained Classroom teacher for 5 years, teaching students with ASD.
         I have a husband and two children, aged 23 and 18.  My daughter just got engaged to the greatest guy ever so we are planning a wedding!  My son has joined the National Guard as a Crypto-Linguist and is starting his first year of college. My husband and I have been together for 26 years.  On Saturdays I also work and volunteer at Hugs Cafe in Mckinney Texas, a wonderful place that employs and trains adults with special needs while providing dignity, self-worth and respect in the community.  I try to live  by the quote from Mahatma Ghandi-- "YOU must be the change you wish to see in the world".  
    I really believe that playing is learning, so I carry this belief to my classroom.   Another of my beliefs as a teacher is that to get into the mind of a child you must first get into their HEART.  I work hard to build strong relationships with my students, and their families.  I am proud to say that I still have contact with many of my students and families from years ago! I am looking forward to partnering with my new families this year!