Meredith Ruffner
Meredith Ruffner

Meredith Ruffner

BS, Exceptional Learning, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Gifted Education Endorsement, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
MEd, School Leadership, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

A champion for educational excellence and for serving the needs of all children, Meredith Ruffner’s impressive professional experience includes work with gifted students and those with learning differences in both public and private schools. 

In 2013, after ten years as once of St. Peter’s most revered teachers, the Board of Directors asked Meredith to accept the position as the fourth head of school.

After taking the reins at St. Peter’s, Meredith explored language immersion in schools, and within a year, she began to implement the first true language immersion program in Tennessee. 

Meredith’s vision for St. Peter’s includes inspirational programming for both the Spanish Immersion and Classic Curriculum (English) tracks, with outdoor experiences like Trailwise and Margaret’s Garden, a house system for games and activities across age groups, and an expanded variety of sports and after school clubs and activities. 

Dedicated to professional development, Meredith has completed specialized training with the Core Knowledge Leadership Institute, Neuronet Learning program, and the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts and participated in a Lucy Calkins reading and writing summer institute that convened at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her community service focuses on helping children as a board member of Little Miss Mag Day Care and as a volunteer cuddler in the neonatal intensive care unit at T. C. Thompson’s Children’s Hospital. In 2009, she was a founding member of The Children’s Trust, a fund associated with the Erlanger Health Systems Foundations. Meredith is married to Andrew, and they have a daughter, Alex, who is 2002 graduate of St. Peter’s.

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