Ryan’s passion for helping students succeed goes back to his days as a teaching assistant at St. Cloud State University when a first-year student approached him after class and said, “I don’t feel like I belong anywhere on this campus.” Since then, Ryan’s supported students by helping them build academic skills and understand the hidden culture of college.
Ryan received two degrees from St. Cloud State: a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing in 2004 and a Master of Arts in English in 2009. He started working in TRIO Student Support Services in 2013 at North Hennepin Community College and also taught in NHCC’s Upward Bound program. In 2018, Ryan participated in the Educational Opportunity Association’s Emerging Leader Institute.
Away from work, Ryan enjoys many hobbies, like biking, board gaming, reading comics, and collecting cacti.