Rick Tuttle came to All Saints after 30 years in the newspaper business, where he was a reporter and editor at three papers in Ohio and Illinois. Working at night at his newspaper job at the Daily Southtown in Tinley Park, he began substitute teaching several days a week in the Oswego and Aurora public schools. He soon realized that since the newspaper business was changing and he enjoyed teaching so much, he should return to the college classroom where he earned his master's in teaching degree from Aurora University in 2005. He was then hired at the beginning of All Saint's second year in 2006 to teach junior high language arts to fifth- and sixth-graders. He later added junior high history to his teaching responsibilities, and now teaches World History to sixth-graders and American History to seventh- and eighth-graders. This will be his 18th year at ASCA.
Mr. Tuttle has been married to his wife, Angie, for 45 years, and they have three grown daughters and six grandchildren. He says he loves teaching at ASCA because of the caring family atmosphere of the teachers and staff, the incredible students who energize him every day, and because he is encouraged to share his faith on a regular basis.
His favorite quote is "The door to success is labeled, 'PUSH'.'' Students in his classes know that he has high expectations for them, but if they look more closely, they see that the expectations are not out of their reach. He uses a mix of direct instruction and interactive classroom activities, videos, and projects. He also believes that students learn from each other, and he creates opportunities for sharing what they have learned. Mr. Tuttle finds that he continues to learn new ideas right along with the students.