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James and Wendy Ruchti and the Future Educator they are Inspiring

Wendy and James Ruchti
John Roark/Idaho State University
James and Wendy Ruchti pose for a photo on Idaho State University's Pocatello campus on Saturday, March 19, 2022.

Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle and Tabatha Butler interview Idaho State Senator, James Ruchti and Dr. Wendy Ruchti about their scholarship to support College of Education's Master of Arts in Teaching students. In the second half of the show they interview James and Wendy’s first scholarship recipient Guadalupe Alvarez.

On Inspiring Educators College of Education’s Dean Jean McGiveny-Burelle and director of Development Tabatha Butler interviews supporters of the College of Education about their careers, philanthropy, and the future educators they inspire. This month’s guests are James and Wendy Ruchti who share why education and specifically education in Idaho is so important to them. In the second part of the show we hear from their first scholarship recipient, Guadalupe Alvarez, and why she wants to teach in rural Idaho.

Wendy Ruchti, PhD Associate Professor at the College of Education
James Ruchti, JD Idaho State Senator and Partner at Ruchti & Beck
Guadalupe Alvarez, Master of Arts in Teacher student

Jean McGivney-Burelle joined Idaho State University in June of 2020 as Professor and Dean of the College of Education. Jean has more than two decades of experience in higher education. Her scholarly work is focused on the teaching and learning of mathematics and she has served as PI or Co-PI on STEM education grants totaling more than $2 million. Jean is a Mathematical Association of America Project NExT Fellow, a National Network for Educational Renewal Fellow, and a participant in the 2016-17 HERS Leadership Institute. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Hartford, an M.S. in Mathematics from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut.