Ryan works in many capacities on and off the farm facilitating professinal development for educators around Education for Sustainability (EFS) through Shelburne Farms' Sustainable Schools Project and facilitating farm-to-school professional learning through Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day). You will also see him teaching in our school programs and working with the students and teachers at our partner schools, including the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes Elementary in the Old North End of Burlington.
Ryan’s connection to education, food, farming, environmental and social justice runs deep, beginning with three years of service throughout the country through AmeriCorps NCCC before entering college. Ryan received his B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College, where he apprenticed in carpentry, sustainable forestry, and environmental education. Afterwards, he acquired his teaching license in 7-12 General Science through a fellowship at Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center in Estes Park, CO. There, he explored innovative place-based and project-based teaching models for his practice, and it eventually led him to an Advisor position at Big Picture South Burlington, an innovative, public school-within-a-school where students design their own individualized learning through projects and internships.
Throughout his educational journey, Ryan interspersed myriad agricultural and outdoor adventures, including farming in Tuscany, mountaineering in Chile, working as a backcountry caretaker with the Green Mountain Club, and leading a Vermont Youth Conservation Corps high school crew. Ryan received his M.S. through the Field Naturalist & Ecological Planning Program at UVM, where he created a place-based education initiative in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico that was modeled after the UVM-Shelburne Farms PLACE Program.