Getting To Know...

Getting To Know...

Bill Ruffle has recently taken over as director of the Northern Virginia Community College Manassas Campus Math Center after being assistant director for more than two years. Ruffle, a former aspiring professional soccer player, lives with his wife and two children in Reston. He is this week's People Profile.

Number of years in the community: We will have lived here for four years this July.

Family: Wife Sheri, children Anna, 7 and Paul, 4

Education: Alfred University; M.S. in education '89, B.A. in mathematics '88

Current job/primary occupation: Director of Math Center at NVCC Manassas. I tutor all levels of math students at the community college. My main responsibility is to work with the developmental math students on their homework and tests. I try to recruit current students to help tutor in the math center. We also provide computer programs and DVDs to help our students. I think my biggest job is helping students overcome their own math anxiety issues so they can complete their required math courses and be more confident using math.

Achievements: I have two wonderful and healthy children and have been happily married for 12 years. I played college soccer and received all American status my senior year. This past October, I was inducted into the Alfred University sports hall of fame.

Activities/interests/hobbies: Sports fan, especially soccer, still play in adult soccer league in Vienna.

Favorite local restaurant or place in the community: Clydes, Glory Days, Silver Diner and Chick-Fil-A

What are your community concerns: I worry about the gang influence on our children.

What are some ideas you have on ways to improve your community: Provide more after school activities to keep kids off the street and doing constructive things.

What brought you here: Sheri and I lived in Greensboro, N.C. for nine years. We both grew up in New Jersey and wanted to be closer to home. We also wanted to move back to a more cosmopolitan area.

Community "hidden treasure": There are so many bike and walking paths. I don't think I will ever find them all.

What did you want to be when you "grew up"? I wanted to play professional soccer, and when I retired from that, I would teach.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I hope to still be working at the community college. Who knows, maybe the Reston center for NVCC will become its own campus and I may teach there.

Personal goals: I am trying to get enough graduate credits in math to become a full professor at the college.