Mrs. Rusz's Webpage

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My name is Kara Rusz. I am teacher at Apollo-Ridge Elementary School. I am excited to be working to support students in grades K-5 using my teaching background in Literacy and also Special Education. The 2022-2023 school year marks my 5th year with the district.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have throughout the year.  You can subscribe to my web page by clicking on the button under my picture.  This will update you any time I add new information to the site. 

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I am a graduate of Apollo- Ridge High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. My Bachelors degree is in Elementary Education with a minor in Educational Psychology and a Reading concentration. I also graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with my Masters degrees in the Education of Exceptional Persons and in Literacy. 


Certifications held: K-6 Elementary Education, Special Education N-12, and Private school Nursery/ Kindergarten N-K. I also earned my Behavioral Specialist Consultant's license through the state of Pennsylvania.


I live in Apollo with my husband, Jake, our 11 year old daughter, Riley, our 5 year old son, Bennett, and our 2 year old daughter, Emilia (Millie).  I enjoy spending time with my family and reading as much as I can. 


I am looking forward to a year filled with fun and learning!


Before becoming a teacher at Apollo-Ridge, I taught preschool for 5 years, worked as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant for children with autism and emotional support disorders for 8 years, and taught in a school that specializes in autism and emotional support disorders.  I am excited to learn about your child and see them grow this school year.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!



If you have any questions/ concerns,  you can always contact me via my school email, [email protected]. I am also available through the message section of Teams. I will check email and Teams messages throughout the day and return your email/ message as soon as possible. Thank you for working along side me this year!