Students and alumni find many ways to thank teachers for the life-changing work that they do. In 1993, Edith-Marie Appleton from the Class of 1937 thanked her former teacher and close friend in a remarkable way. She gave $1 million to honor Elinor Rice Fuchs and now every year Roycemore names one faculty member as the Elinor Rice Fuchs Distinguished Teacher of the Year.
This year the honor goes to Upper School Art Teacher, Ruth Hecht. She has a special ability to connect with students and helps them discover strengths that they may not even know they have. Her warm care, and calm, steady and expert guidance provides the kind of individual support that Roycemore is known for. Ruth is deeply invested in each child. Students can often be found in her classroom outside of class time to finish working on a project because they care so deeply about getting it right. She is deeply attuned to her students and it is clear how much she loves them and is proud of their accomplishments.
In her 17 years of service at Roycemore, Ruth has grown tremendously as a teacher, attending institutes in the summer to further her talent. She collaborates with other faculty members and this year did some great collaborative work with the world history class. She has been ready to do anything she was asked to do to support JST and has offered some really special JST classes over the years from master pottery classes to this year’s fiber arts JST. Her incredible work with students has inspired a number of them to major in art in college and pursue art or design related careers.
Roycemore is extremely proud to name Ruth Hecht as this year’s Elinor Rice Fuchs Teacher of the Year!