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Hi I'm Ryan

I grew up in Minnesota. I'm the dropout prevention counselor for two urban middle schools in Denver, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a school counselor at two urban middle schools designated to work with the students most at risk for dropping out before graduating high school. My job requires a lot but it is something I'm passionate about. Everybody counts or no one counts has sort of been my motto for the last few years. Outside of work I love to travel, around the United States and in Europe and Mexico. I have friends in several countries and all over that I enjoy visiting. I also love being out in the mountains and woods as much as possible, hiking, snow shoeing, and camping. I like to long board around town, love movies, read constantly, have been trying to learn Portuguese for a few years, and like to pretend I'm a photographer.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church and have been a member my whole life. My dad's family have been Mormon since the 1800's and my mom is a convert and the only member of her family. I grew up where there was a wide variety of religions and churches and I remember from an early age having a lot of questions about everything. Being baptized was a big decision for me, and even though I was only eight years old, I took it very seriously. I've gained so much from following the gospel and the lessons that I have learned from my service in the church have blessed me not only spiritually but in the details of my daily life. I was a full time missionary for my church for two years in Mexico and I loved being able to serve the people in that country. And even though its been almost ten years since I returned from being a missionary, the language skills that I gained have greatly improved my ability to continue working and serving in the community as an educator. I can't look back over the major events and accomplishments of my life without seeing how each one in some way relates to a principal or lesson that I learned through being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am so grateful for that. I'm grateful for my father's family that left so much behind so long ago to travel from Europe to Utah to join the church as much as I am grateful to those two missionaries who taught my mother the gospel over thirty years ago in Colorado.

How I live my faith

Over the last few years I've served in different capacities in church and in the community. I've taught early morning religion classes at church to the local youth attending high school. I was also a clerk and helped keep the finances and other records in order. My job generally requires me to be active in the community, helping students and their families find needed resources, such as housing, food, and clothing, through various charities and other foundations. I've take students on field trips to different colleges, helped them enroll in community sports teams, watched them preform theater, dance, and other musical productions, helped them fill out college applications and apply for scholarships, and generally just tried to be there when something was lacking.