Ruch Community School science teacher Ryan King has been named Outstanding Early Career Classroom Teacher by the Oregon Science Teachers Association. The award recognizes outstanding work in motivating student achievement in science by a teacher in the field of science for five years or less.
“Ryan King has proven over and over again that his students, their academic and social health and wellness, are first priority,” said Ruch Community School Principal Julie Barry. “Ryan's practices include that of offering the students experiences that are highly engaged, hands-on and applicable to their everyday life.”
King was recognized at an awards ceremony on Nov. 10 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland.
“One of the goals I have out here at Ruch is to make science relevant and make it local,” said King. “For the last couple years, I’ve worked to build partnerships and support systems so students can learn something in the classroom and then apply it to the real world.”
King plans field experiences throughout the year that include sustainability efforts not only for Ruch School, but the community at large. He engages in grant writing to fund programs and is an active participant in his community. He shares his practices nationally.
“If science is tangible and there’s a hook that really captures a student’s attention, then the student becomes a life-long learner and I think that’s my primary goal in all of this,” said King. “It’s nice to have a body like the Oregon Science Teachers Association recognize that and encourage that type of teaching.”