Rhonda Marcum, Ph.d
I am so excited to become the Superintendent of Calhoun Community High School! I have 15 years of experience in the alternative education system as a teacher and administrator. I earned my Ph.D. in Education and Technology, a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction, and Bachelor's of Science in Biology, Chemistry, and Criminology through Eastern Michigan University. I am currently the president of the Michigan Alternative Education Organization, a state organization that advocates for alternative education, educators, and students. My passion for providing kids with tools, strategies, and exemplary education led me to the field of teaching and later to become an administrator. I look forward to the opportunities that I will face in the coming years and the students we will serve.
I'm excited to start this new adventure as Graduation Coach here at CCHS! Oh the places we'll go! I'm committed to helping our students find their next steps in this crazy thing we call life. I'm a proud mom and wife. I'm also a fur mom; we have 3 cats, 3 dogs, and 3 fish. We're currently fostering a pupper as well so that takes our count to 4! My favorite quote is by Dr. Seuss "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothings going to get better. It's not."
Hello My Name is Ms. Jones. I have worked with youth for 32 years and I love it. I have worked at the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy for 17 years as Cadre and Counselor. I worked for the I Have Dream Foundation of Battle Creek for 7 years. I served this great country as a soldier in the US. Army. I coached women’s basketball both High School and Junior College. I also played basketball in high school, college and in the military. I have an awesome dog. Well enough about me! Can’t wait to get to know YOU!
I am excited to join the CCHS team and continue my passion for working with youth. I have worked to help kids for over 25 years with various organizations including Battle Creek Public Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, "I Have a Dream" Foundation, Starr Commonwealth, and Michigan Youth Challenge Academy. I am a graduate of KCC and WMU majoring in Sociology. I also am an Army Veteran and Father of three.
20 years experience, my favorite quote is "God helps those who help themselves and others", advice I have for students is: Better to set goals that are achievable and feel success than to set goals too high and feel like you haven't succeeded.
My name is Tiffany Harris and I am the Guidance Counselor here at Calhoun Community High School. This is my 4th year here at CCHS, but my 19th year as an educator. I am also the director and founder of a non-profit organization aimed at helping teens and young adults through a website called www.dreambiglivebig.net. I have always been and will always be about fostering the growth of young people, to help you see that you can do absolutely anything you set your mind to do. One of my favorite quotes, "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve." by Napoleon Hill really says what I think best...if you can think it...you can do it! Have the audacity to dream big! If you ever need any help with your classwork or need to talk, feel free to find me 🙂
Hello my name is Derek Elliott. I have taught full time for 7 years. I have worked in Arizona on the Navajo Nation and in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The advice I would like to share with students is that you will never know if you can succeed unless you try and putting forth effort is the first step in being motivated. Education is a key that can unlock so many opportunities that would be closed without it.
I have been teaching at CCHS for 19 years, 23 years overall. My advice to students is to think of your life like a big puzzle. The piece you are on now is important, but you still need to think about how it fits with the rest of the pieces. A favorite quote of mine is "The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg - not smashing it." - Arnold Glasow
I've been a teacher since 2000. Advice I'd like to share is from Calvin Coolidge: "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." My favorite quote is "A year from now you will wish you had started today." -
Hi, my name is Laurie Ruhstorfer and I teach 10th and 11th grade English here at Calhoun Community High School. This is my 4th year at CCHS and I absolutely love it! One piece of advice that I'd like to give our students is getting your diploma is like eating an elephant. You come to your classes everyday, you do your best work, and you participate actively each quarter. After a while, you will have completed all of your class work, gained all of your credits, and earned your high school diploma! You see...you eat your elephant one bite at a time! My favorite quote is by Henry David Thoreau, and it expresses why many of you are here. "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which hears, however measured or far away." We all see life differently, but achieving and reaching your goals in a different way is ok, as long as you do your BEST!
This is my 4th year at Calhoun Community High School as a Resource Teacher. My most important words may be "I believe in you!" So lean in and borrow from my BELIEF in YOU until you see that you can succeed! Success happens one step at a time! Then as Dr. Suess says, "Oh, the places you'll go!"