One of the early problems I'm having is how to arrange the pages in the site. Since teachers & students are both types of users I wanted them to be represented in some similar manner. I finally ended up using a users/+ pattern to reference them.
users/studentswould allow you to work with students while
users/teacherswould allow you to work with teacher information. This should allow the system to grow into different types of users without much hassle but still allow a unique controller for each user type. That way you can tune a specific user type to do different things (i.e. Students have a
I have to give thanks to IRC user rolfb on the #rubyonrails channel on Freenode for all his help. He led me down the road to using route namespaces and made it all possible. He also stuck with me though many of my stupid questions and patiently helped me work through it. Thanks again, rolfb!