Hello! My name is Melissa Rueterbusch and I'm the instructor for this course. A little bit about me: I grew up in Oxford, MI a small town just south of Lapeer. After high school I headed off to Central Michigan University to pursue a business degree. My favorite classes in the business program were the Economics courses, so after I graduated with my BS in business, I decided to continue on and get an MA in Economics. I have taught Economics for over 20 years at various colleges including Saginaw Valley State University, Delta College, Lansing Community College, and, of course, Mott Community College. I have been here at MCC since 2000, and I truly love teaching here. I have also completed my PhD from Michigan State University in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, with a focus on the economics of education. I have been married since 1987 and have a wonderful little boy who was born in 2004. I like to ski, camp, read, and help out at my son's school.