Biology, Genetics, and Science Projects Teacher, Grades 9-12

Lafayette, Indiana

Total years as a classroom teacher: 38

Purdue University                     Master of Science in Biology Education                         1980
Purdue University                     Bachelor of Science in Biology                                     1977

1984 to present             9-12 Biology, Genetics, Science Projects, Jefferson High School, Lafayette, IN
1980 to 1984                9-12 Biology/ Advanced Biology, North White High School, Monon, IN
1979 to 1980                9-12 Biology, LaCrosse High School, LaCrosse, IN
1978 to 1979                9-12 Biology, Lanier B High School, Macon, GA

2015               Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award  [NSTA]
2012               Shell National Science Teaching Award
2012               Extraordinary Boilermaker Award (Purdue University President)
2007               Best Buy Teaching Award
1989               Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching


  • Ruhl’s classroom features hands-on, minds-on learning with a fleet of computers to help individualize instruction and offer a vast array of activities on the ‘smorgasbord menu’ that allows for student choices.


  • Ruhl believes that, “Teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world. It’s also one of the most difficult, but teaching is a profession that will bring authentic joy and satisfaction.”


“Mr. Ruhl loves his students, no matter their backgrounds, history, ability, effort, or grades.  He encourages students with part-time jobs and attends sports events, musical performances, and graduation parties.  He takes time to invest himself in everyone, and because of this, his students prosper.”

  Sarah Cooper, former student

“Joe Ruhl is the master teacher we want all teachers to strive to be like. His unique approach of a truly student-driven classroom, with a focus on active inquiry and critical thinking, places Joe in a Hall of Fame category.”

Mark Preston, Principal of Jefferson High School