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Kindergarten, Belmont Academy Charter School

Encouraging lifelong learning!

Mr. Rudi has been with the Belmont Charter Network for 14 years, and he has been a kindergarten teacher at Belmont Academy for 10 years. Rudi is a model classroom teacher for Children’s Literacy Initiative and leads the kindergarten team.

Mr. Rudi is a staple of the Belmont Academy community. He has taught multiple generations of Belmont families, and they all come back to visit him. Mr. Rudi builds strong working relationships with students’ families. He is available to parents, keeps open and frequent communication, and always operates from a problem-solving perspective with students and parents.

Mr. Rudi creates a classroom culture that meets students where they are, while challenging them to be their best self. Mr. Rudi teaches kids the academic and social skills they need to be successful as life-long learners.

12 Questions with Mr. Rudi

When you were your students’ age, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was in kindergarten, I think I wanted to be a baseball player. I really enjoyed playing t-ball and thought I would grow up and be a baseball player.

Why did you become a teacher?

I had my first male teacher when I was in second grade. His name was Mr. Moorehouse. I remember that was the first time I thought about being a teacher. He was a lot of fun and was silly in class. He had a mind reading trick that he would teach you if you solved this really hard math problem he gave you. Looking back on it, I realize he tricked me into doing math work anytime I had spare time in class just so I could learn the mind reading trick.

What makes your school a special place?

I feel our school is a unique place. The teachers at BACS really get along. Everyone working here has a genuine interest in making our students lives better. We collaborate and work together without hesitation and are always trying to improve in our teaching abilities.

What is the best part of your school day?

The best is when I get a chance to sit with my students during station time and talk with them about whatever they want.

What is your favorite lesson that you teach?

I enjoy running guided reading lessons with small groups. It is a time that I can really see them improving in their reading abilities. I really enjoy seeing a student experience success in reading and how excited they get when they can read the whole book to me.

How do you create joy in the classroom?

I try to be silly and remember what it was like to be a 5 year old. I try to give opportunities for the students to be silly and have fun themselves.

What is your favorite Philly activity for a day off?

I love going with my family to Longwood Gardens or going to a Phillies game.

What is the best field trip you have ever taken?

I really enjoy the trip we take each year to the farm. The kids love seeing the animals and it is something totally different from living in the city.

What is the best gift you have ever received?

I received a wallet from a student 4 years ago that I am still using to this day.

When do you feel successful?

I feel successful when my students are successful.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Teaching is like building good credit. It is not given to you in your first year. You have to work hard for years before you can use it. You have to build your credit with other teachers, parents, and school staff. They have to count on you before you can count on them.

Who do you most admire?

My parents