Tuesday, July 9, 2013

From the Classroom to the Harbor

Hi Everyone!

My name is Bridget Ryan and this is my first summer as the Lead Teacher for the Save the Harbor, Save the Bay Summer Youth Programs!  I have traded in my chalkboard and gradebook for fishing rods and crab traps this summer and I couldn’t be happier!

Catching flounder in Montauk

Born a true Maineiac, I grew up in a small town in Connecticut but spent my summers by the sea in Ogunquit, Maine.  I received a B.A. in History/Secondary Education from Providence College and can truly say I am a National Champion.  While at PC, I played three years of club Rugby and in 2005 we won the Division II USA Rugby National Championship in Palo Alto, California.  Jealous? I thought so.  
PC Ruggers '07

Teaching.  I was meant to be a teacher.  Seven years ago I was given the opportunity to teach 8th grade Civics (the study of government) at the Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale.  I couldn’t believe it, I had hit the jackpot – I was working for the Boston Public Schools.   I taught two years at the Irving, where I coached the girl’s soccer and basketball teams.  I am currently the 8th grade Civics teacher at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Roxbury.  For the past two years I have been the Varsity Softball Coach at the O’Bryant and am very happy to have one of my former players, Kristen O’Brien, working as a Junior Program Assistant this summer!

OB Softball 2013: Ferry to Martha's Vineyard

I am thrilled to kick-off the summer with a fabulous group of colleagues and kids who will absolutely know more about the harbor and the animals that inhabit it by the end of August than ever before!

See you on the beach!


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