Ryan teaches AP World History and humanities electives at the International School of the Americas in San Antonio, TX. He has worked in educational contexts ranging from pre-K to university levels and has taught in rural, urban, and global settings. Ryan has experience teaching many disciplines including English language arts, special education, and mathematics. He also holds a masters in curriculum and instruction and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies.
In addition to his classroom teaching, Ryan is the co-founder of Borderland Collective, a long-term art and education project housed at Texas State University. Through this project, he has helped share the stories, experiences, and insights of young people to diverse audiences in locations including Tanzania, Mexico City, Iceland, and the United Nations in Switzerland.
Ryan is the recipient of the 2017 James F. Veninga Award for outstanding teaching of the humanities, and his writings about education have been shared in publications including Education Week and The High School Journal. In his work, he draws upon the principles of Gold Standard PBL to help students extend their learning beyond the classroom walls in order to make tangible impacts on the world.