jennifer_ruchtiWhere are you from?
I’m from the US. I was born in Washington, DC and have lived in Maryland, Michigan, and Connecticut. I also lived in Munich, Germany for two years before moving to Sweden. I’ve always lived in or very near a city, but now I love living in cozy Dalby.

What was your dream job when you were a youngster?
I wanted to be either a ballerina or a spy.

What is your role at the IESL?
I am the seventh and eighth grade math teacher and one of the eighth grade mentor teachers.

What made you decide to join IESL?
I love the philosophy of this school. Both the students and the staff want to be here and, as a result, are a joy to be around.

What did you do before you started at IESL?
In the States, I was a math teacher as well as head of the math department. I also taught overnight science lessons at the Maryland Science Center. In Germany, I did some traveling and became a Mom, Here in Sweden, I spent my first two years learning as much Swedish as I could. Now I teach math here at IESL and I’m also a Spinning and Power instructor at Actic.

Name 3 things you find best about Sweden
Kanelbullar, köttbullar, and fika 🙂

Obviously there is more than that, but those are my favorites! Sweden is a lovely country. The people here have been very kind, the area is beautiful, and the language has been fun (albeit difficult) to learn. Dalby is a wonderful place for young families and we’ve found many places to explore.

What do you prefer to eat?
Kanelbullar, köttbullar, and then more kanelbullar 🙂

What is the most peculiar thing you have done?
I’m not sure what to say to that but I can say the most unusal job I’ve had is a mascot. I was the mascot for University of Maryland, College Park (Testudo, a big turtle), Towson University (a fluffy tiger), and The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew (Blitz the Bullfrog…the students figured me out quickly when I returned to class a bit sweaty).

Who is the most famous person you have met?
I met Danny Glover at the airport. I think he was too tired to quote “Lethal Weapon” with me.

What sport would you never practice?
I’ll try anything once, though I am quite uncoordinated.

What TV show(s) are you a bit embarrassed to tell that you are watching?
I don’t watch much TV, but zombie movies are a guilty pleasure of mine. I don’t like it when people are mean to one another or get taken advantage of, so in a zombie movie there isn’t really any fear of that. The zombies want to eat everyone equally, regardless of who they are.

Ms. Jennifer Ruchti

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