Originally from Central Illinois. Ms. Rugaard moved to Nashville to attend college and loved it so much that she stayed. She received her bachelors and masters degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University.She began teaching in 2000, and has taught two years in 1st grade and 14 in Kindergarten. Ms. Rugaard has received a number of honors. She was named FOX 17 Teacher of the Week at Maxwell Elementary and received the Teacher of the Year honor here at Westmeade. She haas one daughter, Madeline, who is 16. She loves to travel, go to concerts and watch football.