ROCKFORD (WREX) – Physics students at Auburn High school are learning the ins and outs of physics for the very first time.
“Physics is something totally different than what these kids have done ever in school,” physics teacher Marianna Ruggerio said.
But they’re lucky to have a teacher like Ruggerio, who said she likes to try keep activities fresh and new when delving into the difficult topics in her class. And her students said she makes sure every student is up-to-speed.
“She always answers my questions, she’s always trying to see, you know, whether or not you know it or not, she’s never condescending,” student Vanessa Shoensiegel said.
But, the one thing that really stands out about Ruggerio is her passion.
“First and foremost, it comes from that place of deep passion for the subject area. I just adore this, when I took my first physics class in high school, I was thrilled that math had purpose now,” she said.
And Shoensiegel said her teacher’s passion for physics was evident on the very first day of school.
“I think the thing that sets her apart from other teachers is just how passionate she is,” Shoensiegel said.
So passionate that her students earned the highest score on a difficult advanced placement physics exam at nearly triple the percentage of the national average. In addition, Auburn student’s pass rate on the exam was 68 percent, compared to the national average of 40 percent.
Shoenberg said she’s never had a teacher like Ruggerio before.
“I’ve been so lucky to have so many amazing teachers throughout my entire school career but she really stands out as the one teacher who comes to class every day, and she sounds like she wants to be there and she walks around and makes sure everybody has everything that the need,” she said. “And she’s always got this upbeat attitude.”