Phone: (815) 459-9210
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Civil Engineering M.A. Education General Science English as Second Language
Mr. Ruel Apostol
My name is Mr. Ruel Apostol, teaching 6th-grade science for the House of Huskies!
I have been teaching science at Richard Bernotas Middle School since 2016. I used to be an intervention paraprofessional teaching math and reading to 1st to 5th graders in a one-on-one or small group setting. However, Science is not new to me because I am a career switcher from being a licensed Civil Engineer.
I have a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a masters focusing on Construction Technology and Management. I also completed some college computer courses when I was trying to pursue a 2nd degree in Computer Science. I was in the corporate world for 16 years. I was involved in the design and construction of community water supply systems, dams, roads, bridges, houses, and small buildings. When I came to America in 2008, I thought that the start of a new life in a new country was a chance to start afresh – so I decided to follow my dream to become an educator. My father taught in graduate school while his siblings are elementary and high school teachers. Teaching is probably in my genes! I completed my master's degree in Education and endorsed in Science and ESL. I love going to school as I believe that life is a continuous opportunity to learn.
Where I came from - is a long story! My father is a Filipino while my mother belongs to a Chinese family who migrated to the Philippines because of civil war, famine, and turmoil in the new Chinese republic in the early 1900s. I was born in Bangkok, Thailand but spent a big part of my youth in Scotland. For most of my adult life, I lived in the Philippines. However, I will be living in America permanently.
I have a son in college and a daughter in middle school. I am happily married to the woman of my dreams!