Dr. Elizabeth Herron-Ruff
Elizabeth A. Ruff, Ed. D.
Dr. Elizabeth Ruff is the founding principal of Jefferson International Academy, a Hanley Harper Group public school academy in Waterford, Michigan. Dr. Ruff brings a well-rounded educational background with experience as a classroom teacher, master teacher, administrator, as well as working for an authorizer. In her role with the authorizer, Dr. Ruff was active in the development of curriculum review processes and procedures to assist school leaders with their curriculum implementation. She also reviewed curriculum and educational programs to ensure compliance with contract reporting and all applicable law. Previously, Dr. Ruff served as interim administrator and master teacher at the Life Skills Center of Pontiac, a technology-based charter school serving at-risk high school students. She was also the Principal-Teacher at the Johnnie John Sr. School, Crooked Creek, Alaska, a rural K-12 school.
Dr. Ruff earned her doctorate at Central Michigan University in 2013. Her dissertation, A Case Study Examining the Implementation of a Curricular Innovation in a K-12 School, focused on curricular implementation and the role of the school leader. Dr. Ruff holds a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on educational technology from the University of Alaska, Southeast, and a master’s degree from The Master’s College. Her bachelor degrees are from the University of Michigan and William Tyndale College. Dr. Ruff is also a certified coach with the Alliance for Building Capacity in Schools (ABCS) Coaching Institute as well as an ARCTIC Ambassador (Alaska Reform in the Classroom with Technology Integration and Collaboration), University of Alaska, Southeast.