St. Peter’s Episcopal School Announces Interim Head Of School

Beloved Veteran Teacher Meredith Ruffner To Take On Leadership Role

Monday, May 20, 2013
St. Peter’s Episcopal School announced that Meredith Ruffner will take over as interim head of school for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. Previously-named head Donna Mallett had decided that the transition from her Atlanta home was not in her family’s best interest.
“We are thrilled that Meredith will lead St. Peter’s next year,” said board chairman Bill Winchester. “Meredith is an outstanding teacher and has the respect and love of students, faculty, administrators and parents.
She will be a warm and caring guide in our school and in our community.”
Ms. Ruffner, a teacher for 20 years, has extensive experience in elementary and special education. She has been at St. Peter’s for 10 years as a second grade teacher, and will complete her master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a Principal Licensure in 2014. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me, and I am so excited to lead the St. Peter’s family,” said Ms. Ruffner. “Our children are the community’s most valued asset. Giving them a strong academic foundation and helping them understand God’s love for all people will serve them their whole lives. I’m honored to be a part of that.”
Dr. Herb Barks, former headmaster of Baylor School and Hammond School, will be acting as a consultant during this time of transition. Officials said, "We are grateful for his dedication, love of the school, and passion for children."  
St. Peter’s Episcopal School began as a kindergarten in 1965, and demand for more grades soon followed. St. Peter’s now welcomes children ages three to five in preschool and kindergarten through fifth grade in the elementary school.

Emily Clark Awarded See Rock City's Martha Bell Miller Scholarship

See Rock City (SRC), Inc. has selected Emily Clark as the recipient of the Martha Bell Miller Scholarship for 2016 in the amount of $2,000. This annual award honors Martha Bell Miller and her legacy of portraying the beloved “Mother Goose” at Rock City, as well as recognizing a current partner (employee) of SRC for his or her educational efforts. “We are so excited to have ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Schools Present This Week's Calendar

Arnold Memorial host   the  Creative Discovery Museum Multicultural Math Night   on Tuesday , 5:30-7:00 pm .  Families “travel” to eight different countries and engage in activities specific to the culture of the country. These activities are so much fun that children will have to be reminded that they are measuring, graphing, and using fractions, mathematical ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police To Add 14 Officers After Violent Weekend; New System To Allow Local Testing Of Shell Casings

In the wake of a weekend in which five people were shot with two dying, the Chattanooga Police Department is adding 14 more officers, Mayor Andy Berke and Chief Fred Fletcher said Monday. The department is also utilizing a new system that will allow local testing of shell casings and avoid a long wait time after sending them off to Nashville. Chief Fletcher also said there ... (click for more)

Cleveland Mother And Father Indicted After 2-Month Old Tests Positive For Meth; Has Multiple Injuries

The father and mother of a two-month-old in Cleveland have been indicted for child abuse after the baby tested positive for meth and had multiple injuries. Cleveland Police said on Jan. 4 the Department of Children Services and the Cleveland Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit began a joint investigation on an aggravated child neglect/abuse case.  DCS and ... (click for more)

Proud Of Chattanooga And The Women's March - And Response (2)

I was very happy to participate in the Women’s March on Chattanooga yesterday afternoon. The diversity and the sheer numbers of women, men and children were incredible. One estimate was at least 3,000. Standing together with all of these like-minded souls was overwhelming and humbling.  I have rarely been so happy and so proud of my town.  One question is, why is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Puzzling Women

After Rhonda Thurman left the “Enlightment” meeting of the Hamilton Country School Board Saturday afternoon, she must have been catching up on the news when she posted this message on her Facebook page: “I am really trying to understand. I am a woman and I cannot think of one "RIGHT" I do not have. Can someone enlighten me?” Not one person enlightened Rhonda because nobody could ... (click for more)