“He’s really passionate about what he does. You would never think someone was so passionate about words, but he really is. We’ll read something out loud and he’ll stop the whole class just to talk about how great that sentence was. He really makes you excited about what we’re reading.” — Senior Brianna Anderson
“Ryan never looks at kids as numbers in a book. You’re not a test score, you are not an ID number, you are a person who when you leave this school needs to be prepared for whatever life throws at you. He’s going to work with you to become just a well-rounded person. He wants them prepared for life.” — Bob Coakley, English Department chairman
“I learned a lot (from him) about giving to other people because I see him doing it every day. … I feel like I’m a more giving person because of him.” — Senior Cheri Wilson
“He’s a kid magnet. He’s vibrant, he’s alive, he’s so active in the classroom, he is so caring, that kids they just gravitate toward him.” — Principal Jim Britton
“Other coaches are just like ‘Yeah, they’re my players and they play the games’ and after the season’s done, it’s done. I feel like he takes it to the next level. He connects to his athletes, makes sure they’re on top of their schoolwork and makes sure they’re behaving in school.” — Junior Andres CuevaCopyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.