Sarah Ryan began her teaching career at P.S. 234, where she was lucky enough to be coached by Lucy West. This pivotal experience transformed Sarah’s mathematics teaching and taught her the power of collaborative coaching to engage teachers in their own learning. Sarah worked for 5 years as a math coach in District 2 and also led professional development workshops for Math in the City. She has since worked for 5 years at the University of Delaware, as a professional developer in their Math and Science Education Resource Center. There she co-led a statewide professional development project for elementary mathematics teacher leaders. Sarah is a co-author of the book, Success from the Start: Your First Years Teaching Elementary Mathematics, which was published by NCTM in April, 2014.
Sarah is fascinated by the ways that children think about mathematics. She has great faith in students’ ability to both do mathematics and to find mathematics interesting. Her favorite question is, “How did you figure that out?” Sarah believes in the importance of making mathematics accessible to all students, fostering students’ mathematical discourse, developing students’ metacognition, and engaging all students in meaningful problem solving.
Q: What are you most passionate about in education?
I want to instill in children a love for mathematics and empower them to believe in their own capacity to think logically and solve challenging problems. I also love helping teachers notice, understand and appreciate their students’ mathematical thinking.
Q: What do you love about Metamorphosis?
I love the expertise, dedication and professionalism of my colleagues.
Q: What do you want to influence in education?
I want to influence the way our educational system supports teachers – especially new teachers. As external demands increase, I want to nurture school communities where teachers see and focus on the big picture – understanding the content they teach, understanding how children learn, and mastering teaching moves that support student learning.
Thank you so much for your advice and everything you taught us. Your efforts as well as your expertise, will make a difference in the lives of many children. You changed our way of seeing math. We will never forget you. Thanks so much and have a great summer!
-Ms. Nancy Clarke, 3rd grade Teacher
The Glenwood Academy of Science and Technology