Steven Ryan

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Steve has been involved in online education since 1999, beginning as a guide for online teacher education courses offered through Connected University. He moved to the American Museum of Natural History’s Seminars on Science in 2001, instructing genetics and evolution courses, and became a course manager in 2010. He co-authored, with Dave Randle, the Teaching Science On Line course.

Steve received a B.A. in Biology from Hiram College (1966), an M.Ed. in Education at Kent State University (1971), and is A.B.D. in Instructional Technology at Kent State University (1995).

He taught at Walsh Jesuit High School, a private co-ed school outside Akron, Ohio from 1974 to 2004, teaching biology and environmental science, and later as the school’s web site coordinator and Technology Coordinator. During that time Steve sponsored two regional finalists in the Seiko Youth Challenge in 1993 and was a judge for selection of regional winner of the Seiko Youth Challenge in 1993, 1994, and 1995. He received a Science/Mathematics Fellowship from The Center for Science and Humanities in 1991 and was a member of the selection panel for Science/Mathematics Fellowships in 1992. He sponsored an Ohio Academy of Science Ohio Space Scientist of Tomorrow team member in 1990 and a regional winner of the NASA/NSTA Space Shuttle Student Involvement Program in 1991.

Steve lives in Akron, Ohio with his wife, Linda. They have four children and fourteen grandchildren. In his spare time Steve loves to read, and travel.

Retiring after 38 years in the classroom Steve has been busier than ever. He’s a staff interpreter at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, plays bass clarinet in a concert band, banjo in a dixieland band and mandolin in a ukulele group. Recently he’s begun to explore pen and ink drawing and watercolor painting. He and his wife are very active in regional community theaters and perform in audience-interactive murder mysteries.