Faculty Profile: Regina Ritscher
As a teenager focusing on marine biology in Rhode Island and later as a young mother volunteering in Vermont, Gina was always teaching. The early interest in science provided and entry into teaching and has continued as a thread in her career. She began teaching after receiving a bachelor's from Johnson State, but "I had too many questions," she says, "so I ended up with a few more degrees", including a masters in liberal studies from Dartmouth and an EdD from Harvard.
Since 1985, she has taught in a variety of settings, from a multi-grade classroom in a two-room, public schoolhouse, to a private boarding school for neurologically impaired boys, to college courses for future educators. All the while, she has studied how — and what — people think. She's especially interested in children who think outside of language, and the role that hands-on activities play in learning. To better understand nonverbal communication, she has studied —and now practices — aikido. Not surprisingly, she gets her students moving. "All my classes involve people doing activities," she says, "and reflecting on activities as they're doing them."
Besides aikido, Gina uses her hands working on her small-scale farm in Williamstown: taking care of chickens and other animals, gardening, and spinning and weaving.