Ruth Wilson founded Brightmont Academy (formerly EA2) in 1999, an accredited private school implementing a one-to-one instruction model for students in grades 6-12. Ruth served as Executive Director until 2010, overseeing expansion into three campuses within Washington State, with Ruth in additional roles as Director of Instructional Services and Director of Development. In 2011, EA2 was renamed Brightmont Academy, and has since expanded into Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, and Minnesota. Brightmont currently operates a total of fourteen campuses.
Currently, Ruth is founder and principal consultant at Huma Education Services, LLC, providing services and support to college students as they transition into higher education and more independent living. She was instrumental in the launch of The Polytech, a school for students in grades 11-12 that integrates career pathways instruction and college credits into the high school's graduation requirements.
Ruth is a certified principal in Washington State and a Board Certified Educational Therapist. She has served as a board member for the Washington Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (WABIDA), and has presented at conferences and other events for several organizations, including the Association of Educational Therapists, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ChADD), the International Dyslexia Association, and multiple public and private schools.
Ruth Wilson grew up in the Midwest, attending public schools. She was a National Merit Scholar and graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. She earned a Bachelor of Music cum laude degree in piano performance from the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While still enrolled in college, Ruth began teaching music at a small private school and discovered her passion for education. She began a master’s program concurrently to earn teacher certification. She earned a Master of Arts degree in education from the University of Tulsa, with some coursework completed at the University of Washington as one of four students awarded Visiting Graduate Student status by the University of Washington in that year. Ruth completed a postgraduate educational leadership program through City University in Renton, WA. She also completed all professional requirements necessary to become a board certified educational therapist (license number 10164).
Working with students in a one-on-one setting has enabled Ruth to observe the profound impact of a school environment on a student’s self-esteem, motivation, growth, and ultimately, his or her success in school. Ruth has consulted with families on local school placement issues, both public and private, through Educational Referral Services and Education Advisory Group. She consults with schools and Brightmont staff on appropriate accommodations and educational programs with a wide variety of needs, including those with learning disabilities, physical and mental health issues, gifted abilities, and any situation that impacts the ability to attend school.