Ryan Payne

Ryan Payne

History
Mentor Teacher


I am very excited to begin my 5th year as a Social Studies teacher and my first teaching history at NWC+. I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where I spent most of my days on the ice as a youth hockey player. Once my dream of making the big leagues faded, I shifted my career focus to another passion of mine: education. I had worked as a camp counselor for eight summers, I coached hockey, baseball, and tennis squads, and I was a peer mediator and tutor in high school. I graduated from Teacher’s College in 2014, and have since been educating students from 5th to 12th grade in England, Canada, and the United States. Having finally settled in Los Angeles, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my family.

As a history teacher, I emphasize that it is a “story” we are learning about, one that is still being written, and one that we are all living in. By building context through the use of a diverse range of primary and secondary sources, students are able to place themselves in that time period and can make connections to issues that exist today. Students are encouraged to ask questions, think critically, and challenge ideas to further their understanding and mastery of the subject.



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