Rian Ganyard

Master of Arts in Teaching

Rian Ganyard


Elementary Education, Middle School Education


Health, Multiple Subjects

Endorsements (pending)


Teaching Strengths

  • Flexibility with planned schedule
  • Collaboration with other teachers
  • Teaching to differentiated learning styles
  • Integrating writing across curriculum
  • Vocabulary focus
  • Creating a safe and positive classroom community
  • Maintaining a positive relationship with students and staff


  • Western Oregon University, BS 2009 (interdisciplinary studies)
  • Willamette University, MAT

Teacher Research Topic

My teacher research question is, how do I integrate health across the elementary curriculum? My goal is to try and incorporate some aspect of health (more specifically mental, emotional, or social health) into an elementary classroom; possibly using a thematic unit.


Student Teaching

  • Washington Elementary, Salem, Oregon, 2/3/4 blend

Practicum Teaching

  • Straub Middle School, West Salem, Oregon, 8th grade health

Other Classroom / Youth Experience:

  • Federal Way AmeriCorps – Federal Way, WA: Worked at Rainier View Elementary school as a tutor for K-5 working mostly with math and reading (2010-2011)
  • Literacy AmeriCorps Palm Beach County, FL – Worked part time at Redlands Christian Migrant Association’s child development center with 4-5 year olds working on acquiring English and the English alphabet. Worked part time at the In the Pines homework help center with K-6 students; focusing on literacy development (2009-2010)
  • Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department – Corvallis, OR: Recreation leader for children ages 4-8. Included students with physical and learning disabilities (summer 2008)
  • City of Salem Parks and Recreation – Salem, OR: Recreation leader for children ages 5-12 (summers 2003-2007)


Student Teaching Supervisor

  • Jeanne Williams, Washington Elementary, Salem, Oregon

Practicum Supervisor

  • Stevie Mahi, Straub Middle School, West Salem, Oregon

University Supervisor