Ramer anticipating successful year
By Jeff Whitten
Ramer Principal Rusty Petty has been in education for 25 years. He started in Fayette County where he taught for six years and then moved to Hardeman County where he taught for four years.
He moved to Ramer 15 years ago and has been there ever since. Petty was a teacher until six years ago when he became assistant principal. He has been principal for three years.
Petty taught all grades at Ramer and all subjects. “My love is math,” he explained.
Petty received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Union University.
Petty’s wife Laurie and he have two daughters.
Ramer is the smallest school in the county at 389 students. Students from prekindergarten to the eighth grade attend the school.
“Of course, I think we’re the best in the county,” he joked. “We’re very family-oriented. We believe we are a family. We work together. We struggle together. We celebrate together,” he said.
Petty said that Ramer Elementary is very child-oriented. “We want the best for our children,” he said.
The main challenge for Ramer Elementary is its size, according to Petty. “There’s lots of funding that we may miss because we are the smallest,” he said.
Academics are the strongest selling point of the school, Petty said. “Academically, I think we are very strong all the way up and down the spectrum. I think our students, when they leave Ramer, are ready for high school. We do our best to prepare them for that and ultimately for jobs outside of high school, college, the work force,” he said.
The size of the school does not limit its expectations for its students, according to Petty.
“We have high expectations for them. We want the
Ramer Elementary had four classrooms added over the past couple of years. They house a kindergarten, a first grade and two second grade classes. At one time, Ramer had an overcrowding problem.
“These classrooms have definitely helped us out,” he said. “We are right where we need to be. We have a little bit of room to grow.
“We’re looking forward to a great school year.”
Ramer elementary school
For more about Ramer, visit www.mcnairy.org, click on the Schools link, and click on Ramer Elementary, or call (731) 645-3996.