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English and reading educator

Karen Rose Blake Ruffner, American English and reading educator. Certified secondary education, language arts, art teacher; certified in curriculum and supervision.


Ruffner, Karen Rose Blake was born on January 21, 1952 in Woodstock, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Edward William and Ethel Katherine (Freund) Blake.


Bachelor, University Illinois, 1975. Master of Education, Northern Illinois University, 1978.


Teacher English, Harlem School District, Loves Park, Illinois, 1975-1976;teacher reading, South Beloit (Illinois) School District, 1976-1978;teacher reading, Rockford (Illinois) Public Schools, 1978-1984;instructor reading and study skills, Rockford College, 1986-1989;instructor reading and vocabulary improvement, Rockford College, since 1990;art teacher, Stephen Mark Middle School, Rockton, Illinois, 1992-1993;chapter I, reading recovery teacher, Riverdahl School, Rockford Public Schools, Rockford, Illinois, since 1993. Tutor Rockford College, 1986. Private tutor, Rockford, since 1978.

Reading skills diagnostician Rockford College Learning Resources Center, since 1988.


  • Certified secondary education, language arts, art teacher. Certified in curriculum and supervision.


Volunteer Winnebago County Center for Blind, Rockford, 1982, art P.A. Peterson Nursing Home, Rockford, 1985-1986, University Illinois Alumni Services Program, Holy Family Church. Chairman welcoming committee Holy Family Church, 1990, family mass committee, since 1990. Member PTO; coordinator, instructor Great Books Program Bloom School, 1990.

Member Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Sierra Club (executive committee 1980-1982).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: bicycling, golfing, reading, volleyball, skiing.


Married Gregory Neil Ruffner, July 13, 1974. Children: Blake Christopher, Amy Katherine.

Edward William Blake

Ethel Katherine (Freund) Blake

Gregory Neil Ruffner

Blake Christopher Ruffner

Amy Katherine Ruffner