Graduated from Buffalo State College in 1964. Taught Physics at Miami Edison Sr. H.S. from 1964 to 1071. Taught Physics and Astronomy at Eustis H.S from 1971 t0 1976. In 1972, I was selected by the National Science Foundation to attend a six-week graduate summer institute at Sam Houston State University. The following summer I was asked back to serve as an assistant instructor for the same program. In 1976, I was chosen to be the director of the Lake County Schools Planetarium in Howey In The Hills, Florida. I ran that facility for 15 years where I saw 12,000 students a year in a field trip opportunity.. A minor recession in Florida closed the star theater in 1991. I then taught teachers computer applications until I retired in 2006 after teaching in Florida schools for 42 years.
When I went to Sam Houston University to learn Astronomy, I mentioned to Dr. Charles Manka, the head of the Physics Department that they had "thrown the book at me" with graduate level astronomy. Somehow in the back of my mind, I expected that they would tell us how to teach astronomy at my level. His answer to me was that it was going to be my responsibility to take what I had learned an adapt to the subject area I was teaching. I took Dr. Manka's advice to heart and returned home. In the next couple of decades I wrote astronomy activities for secondary students. Then I authored a second activity guide for elementary students.. I sold these books at science teacher conferences in Florida. For 15 years I had the job of a lifetime - Director of the Lake County School System Planetarium. Wrote shows, photographed slides, programed slide automation, designed optical special effects, and saw 12,000 kids a year who would come to the star theater as a field trip experience. Since I retired in 2006, the Astronomy Activity Guides have been sitting on my book case gathering dust. My daughter, Diana Ryan, recently told me about Teachers Pay Teachers web site. Having joined, I have adapted these activities and offer them for sale at very low prices.
Selected Star Teacher of the Year in 1968. FL Chamber of Commerce President Award 1968-69 Dade County Education Association Past President Award by Southeastern Planetarium Society 1982 NASA Teacher Award 1985 for NEWMAST summer program Selected as Charter Fellow in 1988 by International Planetarium Soc. 25 yr award for being Voice of the Panthers - Eustis High School 1992 City of Eustis Award 1990 for Washington Parade theme design Florida State Science Fair Teacher Award 1994
Bachelor Degree - Physics Major Math Minor Buffalo State 1964 Physics Teacher Miami Edison Sr High 1964-1971 Physics Teacher Eustis High School 1971-1976 Graduate Astronomy education Sam Houston St. Univ 1972 & 1973 Selected as District Planetarium Instructor Lake County 1976 Curriculum Fair Science Manager Lake County 1988-1994 Adjunct Professor of Astronomy Lake Sumter CC 1990-1998 District Computer Education Teacher 1991-2006 State Science Fair Judge 2016 & 2017
Born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y. When I got my college degree in 1964, i had enough of winter snow and accepted a teaching position at Miami Edison Sr. High. It took me 7 years to figure out that i REALLY did not want any part of Miami and I moved to Central Florida (Lake County) in 1971. I have a daughter, Diana Ryan (who I named for the goddess of the Moon) who has followed me in the education sphere. After graduating from college she taught in Lake County for nine years before being lured away by a major software group where she now travels the country running inservice on the product. Now retired, I am into genealogy and have hand painted over 140 family coats of arms for friends and family. I live in Tavares, FL.
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