Mrs. Janine Ryan

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Mrs. Janine Ryan

Hello, friends! I am excited to be a part of the Birches Elementary family for a seventh year. I teach science to all fifth graders, as well as ELA to my homeroom class. This year we will work collaboratively through the National Geographic Learning science curriculum, which supports NGSS and NJSLS though hands-on and inquiry-based learning. We will have fun while we "think like scientists and engineers" through physical, life, and earth science units. We will follow the STEM 5E instructional model and work through the engineering design process. Great scientists learn a lot from reading as well as doing!  I will teach you lifelong strategies to purposefully gain and respond to informational texts and literature through the Wit and Wisdom ELA program. Through reading, we can experience the world in endless ways!

Prior to working in Washington Township, I was a classroom teacher for 12 years in Baltimore County, Maryland, where I taught 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades. I graduated from Towson University with an Elementary Education degree and minors in both English and Classical Ballet. I have also completed the Administration and Supervision certificate program at Johns Hopkins University and earned a Master's Degree in Teacher Leadership from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

I moved back to south Jersey eight years ago. I live in Haddonfield with my husband and two daughters named Ava, age 13, and Quinlan, age 11. In our spare time, we love to travel to different states and countries. This summer I visited Hawaii and was able to observe first-hand the evidence of how earth's materials and processes cause constant and beautiful changes to our world. I look forward to hearing about your experiences, too! 

My favorite thing to do is teach students. This year I will do my best to help you be successful and excited about learning, as well as prepare you for the middle school years ahead. Get ready to have fun in class!