Making Over Third Grade!: About Me
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About Me

 Hi! Welcome to my blog, Making Over Third Grade with Ms. Ryan! I am currently a third grade teacher and instructional specialist at a school site in northern California. I started teaching 16 years ago as a second grade teacher. I taught 2nd for six years before moving to third grade. I LOVE teaching third graders as they are so "with it"!

In my teaching career, I have taught at 3 schools - two of them twice! I started my career at a Title 1 site, was given the opportunity to open a new school, and remained there until Pink Slips moved me out. I transferred twice before ending up back at the school I started my career. Then in October, I was lucky enough to get a position back at the site that I had originally helped open so many years ago. I am truly blessed!

I love curriculum and learning, therefore I have been on all of the district material adoption committees for the last 15 years and have enjoyed piloting the materials and helping the district decide which materials would be the best fit for our needs. This year I am taking on the pilot for our new social studies adoption.

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I have previously been the third-grade team leader and served on the executive board of the teachers' union. As an Instructional Specialist, I sit on a few districts/bilateral committees. I enjoy keeping busy!

I love to learn new things and in that vein, I always seem to be taking new courses for something.  I have my master's degree in elementary education, my doctorate in instructional leadership, and my Autism authorization certificate program. I just earned my National Board Certification and am thinking of my next steps in my education.

I am a huge bibliophile but do not get to read as much as I would like due to my very busy schedule!

My mom and I loved to go to Vegas - it was our thing! It all started with a trip she won a contest I entered her in (without telling her).

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1st Vegas trip @ Coke store
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Last Trip to Vegas with Mom 2009
We moved from Ohio to California when I was 7. Here are some family photos from 2002.
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My brothers and parents Christmas 2002
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Same Christmas only I'm in this one
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Robert, me, & Christian Disney World 2012


I live with my boyfriend, Robert, my 24-year-old stepson, Christian.  I love spending time with family and friends and am lucky both are all close by. I love to read every chance I get, books are a weakness of mine!  I also love going to the beach and if given the chance I would be there weekly!


I am looking forward to sharing ideas, and learning from others through this blog!

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