Ryan Brown

Grade 7 Mathematics Teacher, Read School-Bridgeport, CT

Ryan currently teaches Grade 7 Mathematics and is entering his eighth year at Read School in Bridgeport, CT. Ryan is a member of Educators for Excellence, a non-profit teacher-led organization that focuses on improving the teaching profession and the education in under-resourced districts. While being a member, Ryan has been part of efforts to increase the minority teacher rate in Connecticut through legislation.

Ryan has also submitted legislative bill language towards certification guidelines. Ryan has also spoke to state senators and representatives about the need for subsidized housing for teachers and how necessary culturally responsive pedagogy is for all learners to benefit. Ryan’s efforts, along with his group, have been featured on multiple media outlets including USA Today, the Connecticut Post, and the Connecticut Mirror. Ryan is also a member of the Equity in E-Learning Coalition, which focuses on providing equity in education across districts in Connecticut during this pandemic. Ryan has communicated with multiple organizations about bringing awareness to the struggles under-resourced districts face when the prospect of distance learning is looming. This includes speaking with officials from the state department of education, and organizations who serve the communities of need.

Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in Mathematics/Statistics with a minor in English. Ryan, then, obtained a Personal Training certificate prior to earning a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Sacred Heart University. Throughout Ryan’s time teaching, he received an opportunity to become trained in School Climate and Restorative Practices. After receiving the initial training, Ryan became a licensed instructor of Restorative Practices through the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP).

Recently, Ryan earned his Sixth Year Certificate in Administration from Sacred Heart University. Ryan has also been one of the Boys Basketball Coaches at Read School since he started teaching, as well as one of the Flag Football Coaches. On his spare time, Ryan likes to work out and compete in Spartan Races. During the pandemic, Ryan tried to keep up with his fitness by riding his bike around Danbury (his residence), play tennis, and work on agility drills with friends.

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