Author Archives: Ryan Kile

Ryan Kile has been involved in the annual California Teachers Summit, serving as a facilitator during the event, and an advisory committee member throughout the year. He has dedicated his entire career to teaching mathematics at the high school level since 2005. He received his B.A. in Mathematics and teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton, and a M.A. Ed., in Educational Administration at Concordia University. During his career, Ryan has advocated for student-centered learning and the integration of technology in the classroom. He believes that the classroom experience should be relevant, challenging, and fun for students. Aligning his teaching practice to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards, he is aware that students need the strategies and tools to compete in a 21st century global economy. To help meet those demands, Ryan has piloted new integrated mathematics courses and the use of Google Chromebooks in the classroom. He has led workshops that focus on how to use researched-based teaching strategies, and web applications, (e.g., Learning Management Systems, Google Applications, Khan Academy, Kahoot, Desmos, Class Dojo etc.), to increase student engagement and literacy for English Language Learners. Currently, Ryan serves as an Ambassador for Khan Academy and has developed a partnership between Khan Academy and his school district that supports teachers as they develop best practices in the use of online personalized learning. He also serves as a mentor coach for his district’s Induction Program; supporting the professional development of early-career teachers. Additionally, Ryan is a master teacher fellow of the CSUF "Advancing Teachers of Mathematics to Advance Learning for All" (ATMALA) project, that will serve the national interest in strengthening mathematics teaching and learning for underserved students and communities in urban areas in and near Orange County and southern California. Outside of the classroom, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, playing hockey, mountain biking, and teaching his dog new tricks. Follow Ryan on twitter @mrkileteach

Beyond all Expectations: Brian McDaniel

Beyond all expectations. Those three words sum up Dr. Brian McDaniel’s teaching philosophy and life motto. A 2018 California Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year Nominee, Dr. McDaniel has raised over $1,000,000 through grants, donations, sponsorships and fundraisers to ensure that every child can participate in his award-winning music programs. At […]

There’s no one-size-fits-all to education

When Ryan Kile was in college at CSU Fullerton, the headquarters for the 2018 Better Together: California Teachers Summit, he walked past a campus flyer seeking math tutors at a local high school. Now, 13 years later, he considers becoming a math teacher one of the best decisions of his life. “I always joke with […]

From a One Room Schoolhouse to the California Teachers Summit

Jonna Weidaw is not your typical teacher. For 16 years, she has taught grades seven through twelve in a one-room school house in Mendocino County. Expelled by their local school districts, these at-risk students are often on probation or suffer from substance abuse and mental health issues. “They’re labeled at-risk youth, but I don’t like […]

A Conversation with Yolanda Minor

A facilitator at last year’s Better Together: California Teachers Summit, Yolanda Minor teaches English language arts and English language development to eighth-graders in San Lorenzo, California. She says the Summit is a powerful reminder that teachers need to take time to invest in themselves so that they can continue to help every student reach his […]

“I didn’t choose teaching, teaching chose me.” – Jill Watson

Teaching flows through Jill Watson’s genes. For 14 years, she has followed in the footsteps of her grandmother, mother, aunts, uncle and brothers – all of whom are teachers. “I didn’t choose teaching, teaching chose me,” says Jill. “It’s who I am as a person and in the fiber of my being.” While she initially […]

A Conversation with Kelly Farrow

Kelly Farrow teaches English language learners (ELL) at a small private Christian school in Pasadena, California. After teaching for nearly a decade, Kelly jumped at the opportunity to become a facilitator at last year’s summit at Azusa Pacific University. She walked away from the experience with new teaching strategies for pushing ELL students to speak […]