Ms. Ruggiero was absolutely one of the most outstanding educational minds in the District. Taking traditional math and morphing it into a higher level but understandable conceptual frame work took genius Right answers mean nothing unless they can be applied to real world circumstances. With little outside support she proved that conceptual math is equal to if not better that regurgitive math.
Working with the English , ELD, and Science departments she democratized complex math skills for all
It would appear that Ruth hasn't gathered any more popularity since 1974, when I had her as a teacher in 8th Grade; no one cared much for her then, either. She's consistant, yes?
Mrs.Ruggiero was the best math teacher i ever had. class of 1987