Ryan is a graduate student (Ed.D.) in the department of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University. His research interests range from sociolinguistics to issues of social justice and equity in education to perceptions around school policy. His current research questions are focused on the ways that construction of narratives around school policy can lead to an understanding of subjects’ identity and positionality within school systems and districts.
A veteran teacher of more than 14 years, Ryan has taught English in public high schools in Wisconsin, Texas, and Illinois, where he currently teaches and directs dramatic programs at Normal Community West High School.
April 2022 GradBird Scholar, The Graduate School at Illinois State University.