Mrs. Ruder decided to become a teacher when she was five years old (in kindergarten); teaching is absolutely a lifelong passion for her. She attempts to grow every single day along with her students, using research, conferences, blogs, and more to augment her capabilities as a teacher.
Mrs. Ruder completed her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University, and earned her Masters from Texas A&M Commerce. She was a classroom teacher for eight years, teaching 2nd and 3rd grade, and is in her second year of teaching the gifted at Spears and Allen Elementary schools. In her free time, Mrs. Ruder coaches and plays volleyball, and watches University of Kansas basketball and Aggie football.
Mrs. Ruder is married to Bryan Bunn, a computer science teacher at Liberty High School. Marissa is a second generation teacher, and Bryan is a third generation teacher. Marissa and Bryan enjoy playing volleyball together, having pedagogical debates, watching Chiefs football, walking their dog Zeus, and traveling.