Tuesday, November 5, 2019—If you were to walk past this classroom, singing, dancing, high-fiving are just some of the items you may witness. But for this teacher and the students, this high engagement level is one of the many ways used to motivate the students which produce incredible classroom results, and leave the parents singing his praises - “my kids love to learn to read because of Mr. Thayer.”
It was an honor to name Ryan Thayer, a kindergarten teacher, as the 2019 Teacher of the Year at the recent Terra Conference. Ryan has been with Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship school for two years and continues to exceed expectations. His first year teaching with the school, his students started the year with a 26% proficiency in literacy, and ended the school year at 82% proficiency. With over 90 SGP, Ryan’s students continue to make huge gains as 85% of students met their sight word proficiency.
This year, Ryan has taken on an additional role within the school. Not only is he continuing to teach kindergarten, but he is also doubling as a Literacy Coach for kindergarten and 1st grade. We are excited to see him share his wealth of knowledge working with the CKLA as he seeks to support and develop our staff, who are also seeking the same high level of student achievement.
Congratulations, Ryan, we are excited to have you on our team and look forward to seeing you continue to build success, one Atom at a time.