Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, Dr. Mike Ruyle has transitioned from principal to director of education. In this role, Dr. Ruyle will continue to guide the school’s implementation of competency-based education, lead the execution of strategic initiatives by creating external partnerships with schools and universities as well as lead Hanna’s re-accreditation.
Mike concurrently serves as an associate for Marzano Research, a comprehensive educational consultant. Before his current roles, he served for 28 years as a teacher, athletic coach, assistant principal, and program director at schools in California and Montana, and has also been an adjunct professor and presenter at Montana State University. Dr. Ruyle created and implemented the first fully functional, competency-based model of education in Montana for the alternative program at Bozeman High School and created and led a district task force on the best practices in alternative education. His leadership in competency-based education has made him a sought-after presenter for the Office of Public Instruction, The Mass Customized Learning Summit, and numerous schools and districts both nationally and internationally. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and English from the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Montana State University.