Director of Postsecondary Readiness & Multilingual Services Administrator
Ryan Plantz was the founding Humanities Instructor at RiseUp Community School and currently serves as the Director of Postsecondary Readiness and Multilingual Services Administrator. Ryan studied History and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, completed the Public Allies Teaching Fellowship at Eagle Rock School, and earned his initial teaching credentials in Social Studies and ESL in Austin, Texas. Ryan is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning with an English Concentration and recently earned his Colorado Principal Licensure through the Principal Institute and Adams State University. Aside from this work in education, Ryan enjoys trail running, hiking, cycling, fly fishing, cooking, traveling, and most of all, being with his family.
What is Your Why?
I believe that students are capable of achieving amazing things when supported and challenged by talented individuals. As a kid, I wasn’t always encouraged to take many risks, but I was lucky enough to have teachers and coaches who nudged me to expand my boundaries by taking risks and adopting leadership roles as I figured out my identity. As a result of this experience, I strive to support young people to push their preconceived boundaries, figure out who they are and what motivates them, and persevere through adversity to achieve their fullest potential.