Degrees and Certifications:
AA, College of DuPage BA, Elmhurst College MA, Elmhurst College MA, Olivet Nazarene University EdD, Aurora University (in progress)
Mr. Ryan Leist
I am so excited to begin my fourth year at Deerfield High School as the English Department Chair! Below is some background information about me.
Then I look into my students' faces, and they look solemnly back at me. "So why does our writing matter, again?" they ask.
Because of the spirit, I say. Because of the heart. Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least at clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.
Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
AA, General Studies: College of DuPage
BA, English/Secondary Education: Elmhurst College
MA, English Studies: Elmhurst College (Thesis: The Role of Women in Stephen King Novels)
MA, Educational Leadership: Olivet Nazarene University
EdD, Curriculum and Instruction: Aurora Univeristy (in progress)
Books I've enjoyed recently
The Girl On the Train (P. Hawkins)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (P. Highsmith)
Learning in the Fast Lane (S. Pepper Rollins)
Readicide (K. Gallagher)
Rosemary's Baby (I. Levin)
Favorite authors and poets (at the moment)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
My Bucket List
1.) Travel to countries in Africa and Asia
2.) Meet someone famous
3.) Learn about massage therapy
4.) Work with my dad to build a rat rod or a roadster
5.) Visit the east coast and watch the leaves change during the fall
6.) Become a renowned philanthropist
7.) Take a cooking and/or cake decorating class
8.) Be a part of a movie--director, producer, or even an actor!
9.) Publish a book, screenplay, or play
10.) Earn a PhD or EdD in English or education