Hmmm... Where to start?
Hi, I'm Ryan! In 2006, I completed the Foreign Language Education program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where I majored in Russian, Spanish, and Secondary Education, and minored in Political Science and History. I thought that I wanted to be a lawyer, but it turns out that I sort of want to keep my soul, so I went into education and never looked back.
I am very interested in languages and linguistics, specifically comparative linguistics and phonology. I'm Catholic but open-minded, and I have friends who come from all sorts of background and have a diverse set of beliefs, or lack thereof. I'm not judgmental, and have a wide variety of interests. I enjoy recreational reading, and am just as apt to read fiction as non-fiction.
As the fact I'm teaching might suggest, I am somewhat of a silent idealist and legitimately want to make a difference in people's lives. But when you think about it, deep down, all teachers are just frustrated comedians. After all, you can't beat a captive audience for eight-plus hours a day.
Ultimately, I would like to be a professor of comparative linguistics or historical linguistics. I'm also very approachable, and I don't mind random people talking to me.
I am calm, curious, and wanderlusty?