Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Julie Ryan
Ms. Ryan is a Decatur native. She went to Muffley, Thomas Jefferson, and graduated from EHS in 1997. After high school graduation, she attended Illinois State University ans graduated with a B.S in Criminal Justice with minors in Psychology and Sociology. She completed her Masters Degree online from University of Phoenix in Elementary Education in 2010. She has been teaching for 8 years, 7 of those years have been at Dennis Lab School. She has taught Kindergarten, 6th grade, 4th grade, and most recently 2nd grade.
Ms. Ryan believes in a student centered approach in the classroom. She teaches her students to be independent through guided reading and math. The students work collboaratively during Project Approach time. Student choice and the expected 2nd grade Social Studies and Science standards guide the instruction during this period.
When she is not teaching, her favorite past time is spending time with family and friends. She has 3 young boys- Caiden, Greyson, and Weston with her significant other, Wade Wright. As a family, they enjoy playing games, going to the movies, and going on vacations to Disney World. When she is not at work or with family, her favorite thing to do is read.