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About Me

Hello, my name is Ryan Thatcher.  This is my first year teaching at STEM Highlands Ranch, but I have been teaching elementary school for seventeen years.  My wife also teaches at STEM. We have three kids, two of which also attend STEM with the third coming here soon.  
I am originally from Indianapolis Indiana but grew up in St. Augustine, Florida and Denver. I graduated from Purdue University.  In my free time, which as a dad of three kids there is not a lot, we enjoy skiing/snowboarding, camping and fishing. I also enjoy teaching my children woodworking skills I was shown by my father and grandfather.  Some of those passed on lessons are the ones I remember most.
I am excited to be here at STEM because students have the freedom to explore learning. As an educator, I enjoy having the freedom to tailor my instruction to the interests and curiosities of the students, while still meeting our demanding state standards.  I truly feel that teaching here is a great opportunity to increase my own skill level and inspires me to never stop learning.